Since 1903, Buick has been embedded in the American culture and, although at times taking a backseat to the big brother Chevrolet and little sister Ford, Buick’s innovations, cutting-edge designs, and a pursuit of luxury performance has sustained this iconic brand for over a century. The craft of modern luxury, however, is not exactly what came to mind when Nasario “Nash” Moncayo, of Perris, California, came across this 1985 Buick Regal at a local tow yard. With a fascination for cars that goes back to the age of 15, Nash saw potential, and soon this Regal was off to start a new life.

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First on the list was to upgrade the undercarriage by adding a tubular suspension with 4 ton more bounce coils activated by a chrome two-pump setup featuring Adex dumps and eight batteries installed by Top Notch Customz in Riverside, California. Peter and Paul, of Top Notch Customz, would also give this car its signature look by spraying a unique blend of PPG Root Beer brown with Gold metallic pearl throughout the body, as well as undercarriage. Mike Lamberson would later add accenting pinstripe lines. Mark Lopez, of Elegant Upholstery, was called upon to cover this full custom interior in Sandcastle Brown leather, adding a five-color combination pattern running down the seats as well as custom door panels. The Art of Sound in Upland, California, upgraded the audio system with an Alpine head unit and coaxial two-way type-r speakers throughout. With a Nardi steering wheel in place and custom billet grille installed, it was time to visit Charlie, of Wire Wheel King in Campbell, California, who made a set of custom anodized gold 13×7 reverse wire wheels just for this project. With a little over a year to complete this project, Nash is proud of bringing this Buick back to life. He is now able to truly say that this is “craftsmanship at its finest” for Empires Finest Car Club style.

Nickname: It Is What It Is

Owner: Nasario “Nash” Moncayo

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Car Club: Empires Finest Car Club

City/State: Perris, CA

Vehicle: 1985 Buick Regal

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Engine: Factory 1985 Buick V-6 4.1

Upholstery: Mark Lopez of Elegant Upholstery covered this full custom interior in Sandcastle Brown leather adding a five-color combination pattern running down the seats as well as custom door panels.

Body/Paint: Top Notch Customz sprayed a unique blend of Root Beer brown with Gold metallic pearl throughout the body, as well as undercarriage.

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Suspension: Tubular suspension with 4 ton more bounce coils activated by a chrome two-pump setup installed by Top Notch Customz in Riverside, CA.

Wheels/Tires: Charlie of Wire Wheel King in Campbell, CA, made a set of custom anodized gold 13×7 reverse wire wheels mounted onto 5/20-13 Premium Sportway.