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Hot Wheels held the final stop of its 2021 Legends Tour on Saturday in El Segundo, Calif. Enthusiasts entered many unique and custom cars into the event, but judges selected a 1974 Chevrolet Impala dubbed the Crystal Ship as the finalist for the latest event.
Los Angeles resident Javier Covarrubias explained that he rebuilt his Impala from the ground up. He made it a lowrider by installing a hydraulic suspension system, installed a front clip from a Caprice Classic, gave it a gorgeous red coat of paint with a contrasting crystal effect with orange accents and fitted a set of wheels 14 inches. We are told that the interior is covered in leather and suede, among other modifications.
There’s no word on what powers the Impala. In 1974, buyers had a long list of six- and eight-cylinder engines to choose from.
The final round panel of judges included Ted Wu, Vice President and Global Head of Vehicle Design at Mattel, and Bryan Benedict, Design Director of Hot Wheels and Matchbox – impressing them is easier said than done. . On a secondary level, seeing a 1974 Impala being recognized at a major national event is a sign that interest in the model continues to grow. The Chevrolet Impala has enjoyed great popularity in the collectible car scene for decades, but most of it revolved around previous cars built in the 1960s.
Covarrubias’ Impala will advance to the next round of the selection process, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 28. He will face off against a diverse list of previous winners, including a one-of-a-kind 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1975 Opel Manta Chevrolet Corvette and a chopped-up 1929 Ford Model A. The winner will advance to the Grand Finals and the overall winner will earn a place in the Hot Wheels lineup, reproduced as a 1/64 scale model.