Back in ’91, Sonic the Hedgehog spun into living rooms and captured the brains of millions of gamers, one of them being this car’s owner, Nino. His Regal, from the bright blue pigment to the prickly chrome and blue rims, is themed like the spiny hedgehog. “Since I was a kid I’ve always had Sega Genesis and that’s the game I’ve always played,” says Nino.
Four years ago, Nino’s friend bought the Regal from an auto auction and then approached him about the purchase. The car had 62,000 original miles and was believed to have come from Tennessee via some old folks. Nino jumped on it. For 1,700 bucks he had his project car. From there, Nino built up and swapped in a motor he sourced from a ’92 Silverado 1500. Next, he focused on the details that set this G-body apart, from chrome swaybars and hood hinges to the colormatched rear end.
But why Sonic? “It was either going to be Sonic or Mega Man.” Says Nino. “So I’m like fuck it. Let’s do the Sonic, it’s blue, it matches.” Word! Nino and his cronies refer to his G-body as “Sonic the Money Hog” for the amount of paper he’s sunk to build his boyhood dream—about 35 grand. Not to mention all the dough he pours into the gas tank, ’cause you won’t catch this boy running much less than 110 octane. J.C.
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 1986 Buick Regal RIMS: 24-inch DUB Spines
PAINT: House of Kolor Kandy Oriental Blue
INTERIOR: Custom Sonic stitching, two-tone royal and navy blue tweed, all fiberglass painted Orientalx Blue
EXTERIOR: Ragtop, Buick Regal ghost emblems
AUDIO/VISUAL: Pioneer in-dash,
15-inch flipdown on ceiling,
10 5 ¼-inch Kickers, 4 12-inch Pioneers in trunk, Power Acoustik
3000 amp to push subs, 400 Rockford Fosgate amp to push mids.
ENGINE: 350ci, K&N air filter,
MSD ignition, Moroso valve covers, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, chrome-plated factory pulleys,
March Performance pulley kit SUSPENSION: Grand National suspension, Grand National rear end
SHOUT-OUTS: Uky for all your support, R&D Auto Enterprise, Mario and Ricardo.