Stay Gold

WHEN AN AWARD­WIN­NING AR­CHI­TECT DE­SIGNS THE CAR OF HIS DREAMS ONLY EX­CEL­LENCE CAN BE EX­PECTED—AND THAT’S EX­ACTLY WHAT HE GOT

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

An­drew Lis­ter's '63 Chevy Im­pala

For most grow­ing up in New Zealand spot­ting an Amer­i­can car is quite the rar­ity, but not for An­drew Lis­ter. You see, An­drew didn’t have to go far to see one; he was lit­er­ally sur­rounded by them be­cause his fa­ther used to build and race late­model ’30s Chevys. This not only gave An­drew a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for clas­sic cars but left him with a grow­ing de­sire that would even­tu­ally have him trad­ing hands with a few of his own clas­sic cars.

“I’ve owned many clas­sic cars but I didn’t get my first Im­pala (a '64) un­til 2003,” An­drew says. That very same Im­pala wound up be­ing fea­tured in a film called North County, which shouldn’t come as a sur­prise since his wife Niki Caro was the di­rec­tor. Soon there­after, his wife’s ca­reer moved the family to Los An­ge­les where she landed the a job as the di­rec­tor for McFar­land USA, a movie that not only won crit­i­cal ac­claim but landed yet an­other “car role” for his other lowrider, which hap­pened to be a jaw­drop­ping Glasshouse.

But the added glitz and glam wasn’t enough. An­drew still yearned for a

'63 Im­pala, so right af­ter the movie was done he be­gan his search. It was only five years ago when he found the per­fect can­di­date. So the deal was done and in the words of An­drew, “Ev­ery­thing about the car was per­fect, ex­cept for one thing: It was red, and I hate the color red.”

While paint­ing the car silver was on the very top of his list, his in-laws came to visit from New Zealand so he de­cided to hold off. “I took them

cruis­ing in it with the top down when the brakes gave out in Hol­ly­wood Hills and we had to yell and wave people out of the way to avoid crash­ing.” Luck­ily, they sur­vived, with noth­ing se­ri­ous hap­pen­ing, but that in­ci­dent put the me­chan­i­cal in­tegrity of the ve­hi­cle as a top pri­or­ity, so he had Vazquez Garage iron out all the kinks.

Once the car was me­chan­i­cally sound, An­drew had his convertible stripped down to bare metal. While parts were sent to chrome, the car was doused in silver paint prior to Alberto Herrera throw­ing in some mu­rals to com­plete the ex­te­rior look. In­side, the cock­pit has been en­hanced with a fresh new in­te­rior by Roberto’s Up­hol­stery.

The re­build was a no-ex­pense spared process, which has been ex­e­cuted to el­e­vated stan­dards; and it was all worth it. You see this is the car that An­drew had al­ways dreamed about. “This ex­act model is my dream car, so I bit the bul­let and dropped the money to have it built right be­cause this is the car of my life; well un­less I get an of­fer I can’t refuse,” An­drew says.

That said, we’re hop­ing that some­one will give the man an of­fer

he can’t refuse be­cause we’d like to see what Mr. Lis­ter comes up with next. Then again, a fresh new build wouldn’t be con­tin­gent upon him sell­ing that spe­cific car, so we’re highly an­tic­i­pat­ing his next ve­hic­u­lar cre­ation be­cause he’s got an eye for de­tail that is un­matched. Then again we’d ex­pect noth­ing less from a man who also hap­pens to be a worl­drenowned ar­chi­tect who has cre­ated some of the most vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing ar­chi­tec­ture—and lowrid­ers—the world has seen.

We’ll keep you posted.

An­drew Lis­ter, Sea­son 3 Old-school chain steer­ing wheel, dark rose tat­too mu­rals, and a set of True­spoke wires are the right ar­chi­tec­ture for this clas­sic '63.

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