RIDES Versus Edition: Donk Vs. Donk

Caprice versus Impala. Only one can win.

Story: Evan “Evo” Yates

Photography: Andrew Link

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The Donk game is divided. As the years have passed, there has been a distinct separation between loud and clean. Some want nothing more than a loud candy paint job to adorn their sleigh for all to gawk at, drop jaws on and tweet about. Others have adopted a more subtle yet still custom approach to their rides. But both factions, while respecting the other side’s viewpoint, stand true to their Donk’s direction.

1975 Chevrolet Caprice

Taking inspiration from a Bentley Continental GT, Ray’s 1975 Caprice had high standards from the jump. The exterior is an authentic Bentley Neptune Blue shade, and owner Ray kept it in the family with its unique Bentley brown leather, as well. For the shoes, Ray kept it classy with brushed-face 26-inch Forgiatos boasting subtle hints of Neptune Blue in the windows. Ray explains the thought process on his whip: “It’s one of the nicest convertibles in the game today, because I took a high-end European theme and executed it on a classic American car. The car is the total package; everything works like new.”

Spec The Technique:

Performance: Rebuilt 400 smallblock

Exterior: Bentley Neptune Blue; matching blue top

Interior: Bentley brown leather; billet steering wheel; custom center console

Ice: Dakota Digital dash; three Memphis Mojo 12-inch subwoofers; two JL Audio 1000.1 amplifiers; eight Earthquake Sound speakers; dual XS alternators; four Kinetik batteries; all by Illusion Auto Design

Wheels/Tires: 26-inch Forgiato Ovale wheels; Pirelli tires, 295/25/26

1972 Chevrolet Impala

Mr. M’s 1972 Impala ’vert is the jade gem of the South Florida streets. With its candy fade, chrome nose and color-matching 26-inch Forgiatos, the aesthetic leaves little to the imagination and oozes flair. In addition to the radiant exterior, the guts are treated with a matching motif and the trunk is full of bang, loaded to the brim with JL Audio. As far as competition goes, Mr. M is solid on his stance—“I don’t compare it to others, because I hand-picked all the parts and shops. It’s so personalized, nothing compares to it.”

Spec The Technique:


Performance: 383 stroker motor with KB pistons; Scat crank; Brodix aluminum heads; Victor Jr. intake; Holley 750 carburetor; gold 1.5 roller rockers

Exterior: House of Kolor two-tone teal Kandy; chrome nose; matching teal top

Interior: Suede with alligator inserts; custom center console

Ice: Four JL Audio 12-inch W7 subwoofers; two JL Audio 1000.1 amplifiers; four 8-inch Eminence speakers, eight 6-inch speakers; eight Soundstream tweeters; four Kinetik KHC 2400 batteries; dual XS alternators; Kenwood double-DIN head unit; all by Illusion Auto Design

Wheels/Tires: 6-inch Forgiato Fiore wheels; Pirelli tires, 255/30/26

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