Every parent knows how hard it is to provide for children as a single parent. Charles Espinoza was one of those children, but his situation was even further impacted by the fact that he had five brothers and sisters! Nevertheless, the forty-five year old from Littleton, Colorado made the best of it as a child, and even though money was tight, Charles used his imagination to entertain himself. Most kids were given Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars to keep busy, but Charles used empty soap boxes to resemble cars. At that young age, he knew that automobiles were something that he enjoyed; he had no clue that later on he’d be the proud owner of two incredible Lowriders!

Once Charles became an adult, he set out to find a vehicle that would give him that same enjoyment that he had as a child. He met a friend, Marcos Valencia, who owned a ’51 Chevrolet Deluxe convertible that he and his father had started to build. Enamored by the shape and design, Charles inquired about purchasing the car from his friend. “Everything in life has some sort of price,” he thought to himself, and if he could come up with the money, the car could be his. Finally, the car was his, and the Deluxe was parked in his driveway! With an engine overhaul courtesy of Marcos, bodywork and paint courtesy of Joey “Guerrito” Bartlett, a Raul’s Auto Upholstery custom interior, and suspension work from Fabian of the Chozen Brothers in Denver, Charles had himself one sick Lowrider!

As for the ’63, that one came from a different place. Charles would occasionally visit the auto auctions in Colorado in order to earn extra money by buying and selling hard to find items, and in some cases, hard to find cars. One day, he found a deal that he couldn’t pass up for himself; a 1963 Impala Convertible. Charles quickly won the auction cost and took the ’63 home. With some paint work from Dean Apodaca of Dean’s Auto Body in Denver, and re-chroming from Denver Bumper, this classic Impala was ready to hit the streets!

With many friends and family members by his side, customizing his two classics was never a problem. His wife of sixteen years, Darla, is always by his side along with their two sons, Tino and Ramon. Charles decided to start his own car club called Choice, which he says represents making your own choices in life. With no mandatory meetings and no financial dues, it’s an unconventional club, but one that focuses on positivity. “It’s a completely relaxing environment, and we involve everyone’s family,” Charles tells us. “I am truly blessed to have these amazing people in my life.” Choice debuted this year at the Denver Lowrider Show and made an immediate impact on the Lowrider community.

Charles wishes to thank Choice C.C., Marcos Valencia, Chuck Montoya, and his lovely wife, Darla, for all their help and support. His goal is to teach his two boys the value of family and be able to provide for them in the manner in which they deserve. It may have started with soap boxes, but now his two boys are playing with two amazing classics just like their father is.

Tech Specs

“Marilyn”

Owner: Charles Espinoza

Vehicle: ’51 Chevrolet Deluxe convertible

Car Club: Choice C.C.

City/State: Littleton, Colorado

Engine: The engine was rebuilt by Marcos Valencia, and chrome accents were added to enhance the looks and performance. Chevy tips were added to the exhaust system.

Paint/Body: Joey “Guerrito” Bartlett handled the body upgrade; which included the sheet metal work, then stripped the original paint down and added a unique metallic silver base with House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine with modest metal flake. Murals were added all throughout the skirts and trunk. Ruben Jr. at Electroplating of El Paso did chrome plating.

Interior: Raul’s Auto Upholstery tackled the interior with Marcos Valencia installing a peanut butter cloth interior with beige leather on the door panels.

Sound System: Charles installed the sounds starting with an Alpine head unit with Alpine components, including a 12-inch band-pass box with Rockford-Fosgate amplifiers.

Suspension: Fabian from Chozen Brothers in Denver. Colorado added the full airbag suspension that is remotely controlled using two compressors and a five-gallon air tank that was airbrushed to match the exterior paint.

Tires: P155/80R13 Radials.

Tech Specs

“White Hot”

Owner: Charles Espinoza

Vehicle: ’63 Chevrolet Impala convertible

Car Club: Choice C.C.

City/State: Littleton, Colorado

Engine: Stock 327-c.i.d original.

Body/Paint: Dean Apodaca of Dean’s Auto Body in Denver, Colorado painted the Pearl White on the Chevy classic. Denver Bumper was responsible for all the chrome plating.

Interior: The original black interior was too perfect to alter.

Suspension: Stock.

Tires: P155/80R13 Radials.

Wheels: 13-inch white powder-coated OG Wire Wheels.