March 25 State Your Ride

MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN
MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN

By Jen Houghton
COPY EDITOR

It makes sense that 21-year-old City College student Allen Laspina is rolling a 1970 Cutlass Supreme with a 7.4 liter big block engine — he is used to driving a car with some power under the hood.

“I’ve had an ’89 Camaro, ’96 Impala, 2001 Mustang, and a ’91 Firehawk. All V8’s, except for the Mustang,” he said.

MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN
MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN

Laspina acquired the car, which has a black metal flake exterior, through Craigslist for only $7,000 from a private seller in San Jose. “That was when gas was $4 a gallon, it was easy to get a good price,” he said.

In the six months since he’s owned the classic car, Laspina has reupholstered the interior, added custom skull locks and added proper muscle car wheels. When Laspina bought the car it had over-sized spoke rims and low profile tires. He replaced them with rally rims and tires with classic-style raised white lettering on the sides.

MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN
MIHAIL MATIKOV / THE GUARDSMAN

After five muscle cars, what’s next for Laspina? “I just got my motorcycle license,” he said.