Josie Celeste's 1957 Chevrolet
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Josie Celeste of Oakland, California. Known as "Angel Lust," Josie bought the car in 2000, when she was 16 years old. In 2017 she told Kustomrama that the engine was blown up, and next stop for the car was going to be the crusher; "It was White with a Pink Pearl when I got it. It was a mild custom from the 1970s, and it featured a red crushed velvet diamond tuck interior. The car was showing it's age and then some! The top half of all the paint was completely flaking off, and you could only really tell that there was ever a pearl involved in certain places, like the dash. The interior, cool as it was, was completely destroyed. Cats had been using the package tray as a litter box." According to Josie, the car looked like hell while they replaced the engine, transmission, and generally got it running.
The Purple Satin Version
The Silver Shifty Metalflake Version
A year later, Josie's husband, Nic, began restyling the car. The old custom was then nosed and shaved for door handles, before it received a 1957 Buick grille. It was also lowered by cutting the coils and installing lowering blocks. Once the bodywork was completed, it received a Silver shifty Metalflake paint job with Purple stripes on the roof.
Hit by a Drunk Driver
The Abalone Metalflake Version
After repairing the car, Nic and Josie sanded off all the silver Metalflake and painted the car all White with an Abalone Metalflake top. Completed in 2009, this version ran Astro Supreme wheels. Later on the top received a custom Candy paint job consisting of Purple fades and stripes.
In 2016 it was time for a makeover again. Inspired by Floyd De Boer's 1958 Pontiac, Josie wanted a paint job with an early 1960s Larry Watson vibe. Nic gave the car a Lavender Metalflake paint job before Mario Meza-Murillo added Purple panels.
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