Lowriding is a global phenomenon. From the streets of Los Angeles to the ports of Japan, lowriding is a small but powerful culture that represents camaraderie and creativity. So when we shot out to Quebec, Canada, to do this feature we were more than humbled and impressed.
While most know Canada as the home of Celine Dion, dairy, and poutine fries, you can now rest assured that they’re also becoming known for their lowriding scene. Though small in comparison to lowrider culture in other countries, they are still producing great rides like this one here. Owned by Warth Stevenson, a member of LuxuriouS (North Side Chapter), this build was inspired by his buddy who owned a 1963 rag. The feeling of a drop-top with an open cabin impressed Warth so much that he decided to build the 1966 Impala that graces the pages of this issue.
With years of experience building lowrider bikes, Warth Stevenson is no stranger to customization. At a young age, he was already building custom bikes and that was his entry into the game as well as into LuxuriouS Car Club. “While I was cruising around on my bike when I was a kid, one of the guys called up David Gravelle, the founder of LuxuriouS in Montreal” Warth says. “They came down, we were super impressed with their cars, and [David] ended up liking my bike so much that he asked me join the club.” Since then, Warth has been a loyal member of the club and the fruit of his labor are seen in this clean 66 rag.
Once Warth had purchased his car, the first job was to take it to Mike’s Custom Shop where he did a mechanical and cosmetic overhaul on the vehicle. Jonathon Raymond of Kartel Hydraulics changed up the hydraulic system, did a partial wrap on the frame, while Yve redid the canvas top and the gangster window. Considering that the car was purchased in really good condition, it was just a matter of adding in his own personal touches and creating what you see here. It’s a clean classic with super curb appeal and once you pop the hood you’ll see a mildly customized engine bay that’s prim and super straight to the point.
To see how his passion as a kid building lowrider bikes evolved into him creating this clean rag is super indicative of how we are molded by our predecessors. It’s also proof that the strength in lowriding is not only in the cars itself but also in the owners who encourage future generations to build cars of their own. That said, keep inspiring the next generation of lowriders because the scene is as strong as ever.
1966 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
LuxuriouS, North Side Chapter
Mike Custom Shop in Canada dressed up the 350 with chrome alternator/water pump, chrome Edelbrock intake/carburetor, billet valve covers/air cleaner, electric fan, and a polished radiator.
Jonathan Raymond of Kartel Hydraulics in Blainville, Quebec, Canada, partially wrapped the frame and installed the two chrome Showtime pumps with Black Magic dumps, six deep-cycle batteries and four switches. A B&M quicksilver shifter was added to control the TH350 transmission.
13×7-inch OG Wire Wheels