Bernardo Casian of Cathedral City, California, went to his first lowrider car show in 1992. “Since then I’ve been wanting a lowrider, but I couldn’t afford one at the time. I got into greaser cars because they were a lot more affordable than lowriders.” In 2006 he bought himself this 1950 Chevy Deluxe at the Pomona Swap Meet. Halfway home after buying it, the car died on him and he was forced to tow it the rest of the way home.
The very next day he started working on it by pulling out the motor. He bagged it and began fixing it up with a greaser look. “I loved lowriders, but I just couldn’t afford to build a lowrider so I went with a greaser style instead.” All that changed a few years later when he met Bobby Enz, a member of Uniques Car Club. It was through Bobby that Bernardo was able change the direction of his build from greaser to lowrider.
“Once I started lowriding the car, my wife took a liking to it, so I ended up giving it to her as a present on our wedding day.” Having the car title under his wife’s name didn’t stop Bernardo from working on it. He started adding hydraulics, candy paint, patterns, suede interior, and multiple other upgrades without consulting with his wife. “She wasn’t against it, she actually liked what I was doing to it.” In the process of building this one, he bought a few other classic cars. One of those cars was a 1964 Impala. “That car was junk,” explained Bernardo. “I couldn’t do anything with it so I sold it.” That Impala helped Bernardo realize that he is a bomb guy and not an Impala guy. He ended up purchasing a 1949 and 1951 bomb, a 1950 stepside, and a 1940 Suburban after that.
Once Bernardo got his 1950 Deluxe show worthy, he started hitting the show circuit with his friend Bobby. They traveled to multiple out-of-state shows that included Albuquerque, Phoenix, and few others in the Southwest. After every show you would see new modifications on the Deluxe. Bernardo added so many updates that he qualified for Sweepstakes at the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show were he placed Third for Bomb of the Year. “I always thought my car was going to be a nice street cruiser. Never in my dreams did I think I would come that close to getting placed in the Bomb of the Year category. This was just something to do on the weekends, but I just kept at it and I think I’ve come as far as I’m going to go with the car, and it was a lot more than what I thought it was going to be.” Currently the car has been set aside in order to build the 1950 Chevy truck that he is doing for his wife also. “We are doing that truck from the floor up, but this time she is picking everything for it. This way it’s completely hers and I won’t take it over like I did with this one.”
Bernardo would like to thank his wife, kids, and the rest of his family, Uniques car club and Bobby Enz for always helping me work on the car.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe
Vehicle Nickname: Pretty in Pink
Owner: Bernardo and Natalie Casian
City/State: Cathedral City, CA
Engine: Bobby Enz in Beaumont, CA, installed a 235 engine with a turbo 350 transmission, straight pipes, custom headers, Lokar shifter, and aluminum radiator. Jaime Castaneda in Banning, CA, engraved all his parts while Oscar’s Plating in Palm Springs, CA, chromed it.
Body/Paint: Perfect Kolors in Indio, CA, used pearl white to paint the car before adding House of Kolor magenta patterns. Mike Lamberson in Riverside, CA, added some striping before Sal Elias airbrushed Native American themed murals.
Suspension: Bob’s Customs in Beaumont installed the two-pump with four Optima Blue Top batteries. Extended and molded A-arms and ABS disc brakes were also installed.
Interior: Victor in Indio used two-tone leather and suede for the custom interior. Auto Meter custom gauges were also installed.
Sound System: Bob’s Customs in Beaumont installed a Sound Stream head unit monitor to power the Treo amplifier that pushes the 12-inch Kicker and the pair of JVC 6×9-inch mids.
Wheels / Tires: 13-inch cross-lace Zeniths / Coker 5.20s