October 29, 2020

Geez Luis!: Luis’s S13 Coupe

“He’ll be here in fifteen minutes, and he’s grabbing some Mike’s!” That’s what Chase told me after he said he had a friend with a hot car that could come by. That friend happened to be Luis, and he was late. But it was ok, because of what he pulled up in.

I didn’t ask a lot of questions, but I was told that this thing has a bunch of 180SX parts grafted onto it. “But Michael, a 180 is just an S13 hatch!” I KNOW! But you don’t seem to realize that it’s not the same, stupid! 180’s are hatchbacks with pop-ups. As you can see, Luis’s car has done away with the pop-ups in favor of the JDM Silvia nose.

Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure WHAT is 180 on this thing, but I do know it looks pretty tight. Check out that corner light, that’s a cool little thing that a lot of people would just overlook.

Chase also told me about his wheel choice before he showed up. I had no idea what SSR Minervas looked like, but Chase was hyped on them. Understandably so. Just look at them! Multi-piece, split five spoke. Just glorious.

Classic wood grain Nardi, angry lookin shift knob, AND JUST LOOK AT THAT DASH! Not a crack!

This is a car that, if you didn’t know lived in southern Utah, could be easily mistaken for something that you’d see in a Noriyaro video. It’s such a clean, and simple build. Nothing too overstated, just right.

I absolutely LOVE seeing cars like this. Different than most, but not shouting about how different it is. Oh, and did I mention that he painted this himself? And that this is the first time he’s paint a car? For a first time, it looks damn good!

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Michael Chandler

Director of Photography, writer, man about town and owner of Big Ronda, the Mk3 Toyota Supra project

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