Story Adell Henderson /// Photography zach cordner
When Chevrolet released the ’73 Chevelle Laguna 35 years ago, award-winning music producer Bryan Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”) hadn’t even been born yet. Of course, that didn’t stop him from taking one home. Although the American-made mean machine wasn’t his dream car—or even one he had on his list to cop—Cox, 29, ended up purchasing this new old Chevy simply because it reminded him of ridin’ out back in the day with his mom. As it turns out, Young B’s fascination for cars actually goes back further than his bread-and-butter, but it certainly hasn’t been as profitable. But please believe when he’s not in the studio with platinum-plus artists like Mariah Carey, Usher and Mary J. Blige, you might just find Cox leaning sideways in his Laguna, riding slow down memory lane.
’73 Chevelle Laguna
If you look into car history between 1973 and 1976, you’ll find Chevy’s cubic zirconia in the rough: the Laguna. Through clever name engineering, the Bow Tie labeled their Chevelle as the Laguna, marketed for its top-of-the-line trim. Such features included—hold your breath—a rubber-urethane front clip that removed all chrome from the front bumper. It came in coupe, sedan and wagon form; later variants were slapped with color-matched bumpers. Yeah, it’s a limited-run whip, but value is always in the holder of the steering wheel.