Born and raised in Colombia, Andre “Dre” Avila is the youngest of three kids. As a child he would watch his pops building custom trucks. His father was the go-to guy for custom builds, but when Dre was just 10 years old, his father was tragically killed and the family had to relocate for a safer future. Fortunately, Dre’s aunt lived in Hialeah, right outside of Miami, so the family relocated there until his mother was able to earn enough money to get their own place.
When Dre started school in Miami he found out his talent was drawing. He would spend every day drawing custom lowrider vehicles and sell them to kids from school to earn enough to have lunch money. He started building lowrider model cars and his drawings and models started to become more creative and elaborate. Once old enough, he bought his first car and immediately started customizing it. He was never satisfied, always trying to achieve something better.
Browsing the Internet he came across a barn sale in Indiana that had a 1971 Lincoln Mark III. Dre wasn’t familiar with that year because they aren’t widely popular. “The car just spoke to me,” Dre tells LRM. “It was like it was calling for me to get it.” It took the next four months to close the deal but once he brought the classic home, he and his wife, Marlene, both took it around the block. They knew from that moment it would be welcomed with open arms into the family.
1971 Lincoln Mark
Dupont Chroma base paint House of Kolor Gold Pearl, House of Kolor clearcoat by Kent, gold plating by Jay in Miami, engraving by Engraving_By_inkstinct_Dre
460 V-8, Edelbrock carburetor
four-pump Prohopper pumps with accumulators, four switches and six batteries done by Kent
restored original burgundy leather
Pioneer head unit, Pioneer components
13×7 all-gold Dayton Wire Wheels, 155/80-13 Marshall tires
Dre wishes to thank Donald and Dre from the Good Times Indiana chapter for helping him find and purchase his prized possession, as well as Rick from the Miami chapter. The biggest thanks goes to his beautiful wife, Marlene, and his 7-year-old daughter Marcella. He strives to give them the life they deserve. Although most bullies have a negative impact on our lives, Dre made Da Bully a positive.