There are a few moments in one’s life when everything falls in place to create a memorable moment for the rest of one’s life. Such is what recently happened to Californian Emilio Nunez when he was in between a photoshoot with his friend and photographer Jimmy Ban. While the duo was setting up the photoshoot for his gorgeous custom painted 1962 Ford Thunderbird, Elon Musk’s Space X Falcon 9 rocket interrupted the proceedings in the most memorable way possible. While Jimmy was framing his shot, the Falcon 9 rocket was screaming into the stratosphere leaving an incredible sight that many experienced in the Californian night sky.
Emilio was born and raised in Inglewood, California. Born to Cuban parents, his love for American classic cars was passed on to him by his father, who used to reminisce the classics that they had in Cuba (read/see classic cars from the streets of Havana). Soon after getting his licence at sixteen, Emilio started off with the bug scene with his first car being a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. As he delved deeper into car culture, his taste in cars kept ricocheting between JDM and European cars, moving to the Nisan 240Z and the 280Z before a brand new 2000 VW Jetta brought him back to European cars. After dabbling with European and Japanese machines, Emilio decided that he wanted to give the American car scene a try, for which he chose to go with a new Dodge Challenger.
During his time growing up around American, Japanese and European cars, Emilio quickly realised that his motoring passion drew him towards building and creating things on his own. Classic cars held a special place for him and it was obvious to him soon that the classic car scene was what fascinated him the most. For Emilio, classic cars where all about the experience; the atmosphere and the lasting friendships that they brought. He quickly started saving money and soon bought his first classic – a 1962 Chevrolet C10 truck which he would wrench himself along with his friend, Fernando Maduro (owner of Rocket Wax Detailing Supplies), who introduced Emilio to the classic car scene, to bring the car back to life. It would be a couple of years before he would take the next step, buying the 1962 Ford Thunderbird that you see here.
The 1962 Ford Thunderbird Kustom
After buying a healthily running Thunderbird, Emilio set about giving it a personal touch. He put in a new stereo and speakers and custom plates, while getting the unique custom paint scheme that you see here which was done by a family member of the person who sold him the car. For being a 56-year-old car, the Thunderbird is quite well-equipped say Emilio. It features power windows, power seats and a power steering which is quite opulent for a car from the 60s. The paint scheme that just looks amazing under the sun and a Kustom, clean look from removing all the badges and emblems is what Emilio always wanted from his 1962 Ford Thunderbird that he now cruises with on the streets of California.