SP Rides: Living In A New Light
BY MICHAEL KITCHENS
Name: Christopher S.
Hobbies: Drawing, family
Year, Make, Model: 2001 Lexus LS430
Engine: Custom painted engine covers, custom grille on main cover, Tom’s air filter, custom-built fiberglass displayed air intake box, Northstar Marine deep cycle battery
Exterior: Full Junction Produce bodykit, Junction Produce rear roof wing, custom side LED signal mirror covers, JDM Celsior badges, Celsior window rain guards, custom exhaust, custom painted grille
Interior: Jdm Celsior door sills, Celsior steering wheel, custom Diamond stitched VIP tables, rear tables, rear center ice bucket console, front and rear dashmats and floormats, Junction Produce curtains, clear shift knob, custom neckpads
ICE: Kenwood DVD, custom fiberglass trunk setup X-Fire audio subs and amp
Suspension: Airlift System V2
Wheels/Tires: Trafficstar SFR 19-by-9.5 front, 19-by-10.5 rear
Christopher S is a first-time car enthusiast. While he may be in the prime of his life, he is what you would call a late bloomer. Although he grew up loving lowriders and cool cars like most of us enthusiasts, Christopher had other priorities in life, such as his family. He spent his time driving from point A to point B in cars whose sole purpose were such things. Now, with more stability in his life, the opportunity has come knocking at the perfect time to become the proud owner of this 2001 Lexus LS430.
Jumping into the world of VIP Tuning is not for the faint of heart. It’s an expensive hobby for sure, but with both feet in, Christopher got to work. Featuring a full Junction Produce body kit, the exterior has been transformed into a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) VIP special. It features Celsior badges, rain guards, as well as a color-matched grille, with the overall effect sweetened thanks to a Junction Produce rear roof wing and custom LED signal mirror covers. The custom straight exhaust with chrome tips adds a tasty bite while the inclusive look screams luscious VIP.
Adding to the luster is a seriously slammed profile thanks to a full Airlift Systems V2 air suspension kit. Brilliant Trafficstar SFR wheels are set in 19-by-9.5 for the front with enormous 19-by-10.5 in the rear. Nexen tires are tucked and surrounded by the luscious sheet metal as the vehicle practically touches the ground. Glowing puddle lights add illumination when slammed on display.
Moving to the rear trunk, a full-custom display consisting of the onboard ICE Lights illuminate the incredible craftsmanship put into the concealed setup. Two X-Fire subs provide the bass as a lit up purple panel shows off the professional installation created by Junkshop Pros.
Taking a peek under the hood, the ride’s engine bay has been custom painted to match and fitted with a Tom’s air filter on display thanks to a custom intake box. A deep cycle battery has been fitted to provide additional power while a custom grille has been introduced to the main cover.
The visuals continue into the interior where the action really happens. This really is a spectacle of sumptuous custom stitched leather pieces placed strategically throughout the LED-lit cabin. The JDM theme continues thanks to the Celsior doorsills, as well as the steering wheel. Diamond stitched VIP tables both in the front and the rear provide a level of luxury consistent with the ultra-smooth center ice bucket console located in the rear.
Although Christopher is what you would consider a little late to the party, he believes that it’s never too late to enjoy life and enjoy the things you’ve never had the opportunity for. Thanks to strong finances as well as a serious focus, this Lexus is definitely VIP level.