Model: Maddi Ortega

The state of Colorado has long established itself to be one of the culture’s biggest hotbeds, and thanks to the dedication of the enthusiasts there, lowriding is bigger than ever. It’s a way of life that has consumed Colorado Springs resident and Good Times car club President Silviano Smith. The 32-two-year-old has always had the respect of his peers because when he gets involved with something; he will do whatever it takes to make sure it’s done the right way. As the Good Times C.C. President, he feels a certain responsibility to lead by example through leadership and passion. Born and raised in Colorado, Silviano quickly learned the ins and outs of custom car building. Looking to bring some OG style to the 719, Silviano decided that his latest projects would be classics, and he chose accordingly; a 1961 Chevrolet Impala and a 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

With his intentions known, Silviano’s good friend Derrick Curtis had been on the lookout for these classic vehicles and was willing to continue scouting them with him. Silviano always admired the ’61 in one of his favorite films, “Friday,” so when Derrick found one in Sterling, Colorado, he grabbed it immediately. “The four-hour drive was nothing,” Silviano tells us, “I couldn’t wait to get it back home.” Once in the garage the rebuilding process began. He brought the ’61 to Larry Beasley at LB Restorations in Colorado Springs for a complete restoration. Mayo Upholstery got down and dirty restoring the interior to showroom status.

During the restoration process, an excited Silviano couldn’t wait to cruise his new ’61, but he had no idea that an even bigger surprise was coming his way. While the Impala was being finished, Derrick informed Silviano that he saw a ’59 Impala at a local car dealership for sale. The car’s condition wasn’t pristine, but the potential was there, and Silviano decided that he just had to take a look at it. Off the strength of Derrick’s word, Silviano made the short drive and without hesitation, he purchased the prize. “I had no choice but to break the piggy bank,” Silviano says with a smile. “It’s one of those things; if you can find it, you buy it.” Happy to snatch up this choice opportunity, he again sent the work to Larry Beasley, who handled the restoration process and breathed new life into the original red and white vinyl in the cabin.

Most people would be lucky enough to have one fine classic but Silviano was fortunate enough to be able to grab two. His patience and hard work has ensured that his collection will stand out in Colorado, and represent the 719 to the fullest. His lovely wife, Stevee, stands by him and supports him every step of the way. His Good Times family is always there with a helping hand, but his three biggest supporters are his boys Raul, Jeremiah, and Gabriel because after all; they are in line for these prized originals.

Tech Specs

“The ’61 Dream”

Owner: Silviano Smith

Vehicle: 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

City/State: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Engine: The crew from Good Times C.C. restored the Impala’s 283 small block and four-speed back to original status. Chrome plating was done by J & S Polishing in Colorado.

Body/Paint: The body was completely restored to factory specs with the help of Larry Beasley of LB Restorations. The stock white paint was reapplied.

Interior: Mayo, at Mayo Upholstery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, handled the cabin, bringing the stock blue interior back to life, including the carpet and seats.

Suspension: Stock

Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportways.

Wheels: 14x6 60-spoke old-school appliances.

Tech Specs

“One Fine ‘59”

Owner: Silviano Smith

Vehicle: 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

City/State: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Engine: Again, the Good Times crew restored the 348 back to original working order. J & S Polishing tidied up the loose ends.

Body/Paint: Larry Beasley handled all the body moldings and metal work. The ’59 was given the Blood Red paint look inside LB Restorations in Colorado Springs. Denver Bumpers in Denver, Colorado handled the ‘59’s chrome plating.

Interior: Mayo at Mayo Upholstery in Colorado Springs, Colorado stitched together the seats and restored the interior back to original status.

Suspension: Stock

Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportways.

Wheels: 100-spoke 13-inch cross-laced Sinister Wire Wheels.