A LOWRIDER THAT’S NOT AFRAID OF THE ELEMENTS
Hugo Reyna's '73 Chevy Caprice Classic
When Hugo Reyna set out to build a lowrider he wanted something more than just pretty. He wanted a lowrider with show and go and a classic that wasn’t allergic to the elements, unlike so many of the trailer queens he’d seen in the past. As an avid lowrider who had humble beginnings at just 18 years old, he could never understand why anyone would build a trailer queen, so he chose to build a street soldier, which was appropriately named “El Callejero,” which loosely translated means “wandering in the streets.”
Growing up in Southside Chicago, life for Hugo was relatively simple. He grew up like any other kid on the block but his life changed when he laid eyes on a '63 Impala cruising around Marquette Park. Mesmerized by the look, sound, and action of the Impala he was hooked, and by the time he reached 18 he got his first '63
Impala, a car he enjoyed for three years until he had to sell it off when news came that he was about to be a father.
While enjoying the fruits of fatherhood, his love for lowriding continued to grow. He still had dreams of getting back into it so once he was financially sound, he purchased a car that he would keep so he scooped up a '73 Chevy Caprice Classic from his friend
Nothing more than a rolling shell, the Caprice Classic was in dire need of a restoration, so his first step was to add a 350 V-8 crate motor. As the car came together, he had the front suspension chromed, installed a '95 Impala SS rearend, followed by disc brakes, and side skirts. Although his past cars had hydraulics, Hugo wanted to try something different, so a full air-ride setup was installed using Slam Specialties bags and ViAir compressors. Paint master Josh
Culver (Culver Customs) applied the custom paintjob while all trim was sent out to Perfection Plating for a new lease on life. Finishing touches came by way of Castaneda Engraving, who accented the car in all the right places.
True to his word, Hugo kept his promise to keep El Callejero a street soldier—and that’s exactly what it is. No stranger to the city, his car is a welcomed guest on the streets, and in what is considered an unwritten rule of lowriding he keeps his foot planted on the gas and brings it out whenever he can. He sums it up best when he says, “I have never understood how someone can put all this effort and hard work into a car to just let it sit in the garage or on a trailer.” Hugo adds, “I want to spend every moment I can behind the wheel and enjoy what I’ve built.”
In closing, Hugo wishes to thank Jose V, Big O, Beto, Robert, Sergio, Chris O, and his amazing kids, Claudia and Adrian. In all, they have sacrificed their time to help him create his dream and has reached a pinnacle of success that truly makes him complete.
One-of-akind roofline with skirts were a match for luxury Cadillacs and Lincolns.
At 18½ feet long and 80 inches wide, these full-body Caprices will always own the streets.