Ron Aguirre

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A photo of Garret Greydanus' 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air taken at the 1961 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. The show was held February 19, 1961, and by then, the car had received hydraulic lifts by Ron Aguirre. Photo courtesy of Peterson Digital Archive.
Roy Abendroth originally wanted Richard Axcell to give his 1955 Buick custom a Metalflake paint job. Too busy doing everyday cars, Axcell told Roy to see his buddy Larry Watson. Roy told Watson that he was interested in something different for the car. Watson, who had just recently painted Ron Aguirre's X-Sonic, told Roy about the lifts Ron had installed on his Corvette to adjust the ride height by the touch of a button. That was something brand new that caught Roy's interest, so he approached Aguirre about having him install lifts on his Buick as well. Ron accepted the offer, and Roy drove the car up to Fontana to have Ron install lifts up front. Afraid of damaging the paint, Roy figured out it was safer to install the lifts while the car was still in primer. "Ron took it apart and put all the lifts in. From what I understand, the lifts were built from parts from an aircraft. Like a piper cup or something like that. Componentes that lifts the wheels in and out when it's flying." The lifts were installed around 1961, about a year before he first showed it. It was the second car Ron installed lifts on, and it might have been the third hydraulic lifted custom in the world. Photo courtesy of Roy Abendroth.
Jim Harwell's 1964 Chevrolet Corvette of Los Angeles, California. Known as "X-Citer," Jim's Corvette featured custom bodywork by Ron and Lou Aguirre of Aguirre Styling. By 1965 the car had received a Peacock Metalflake paintjob by Larry Watson at Watson's House of Style. This photo of the X-Citer taken at the 1965 Tridents Rod Custom Autorama. Photo by Bud Land, courtesy of the Petersen Archive.

Ron Aguirre.

By 1965 Ron and his dad Lou ran Aguirre Styling at 1915 San Fernando Road in Los Angeles.

Ron Aguirre's Cars

The X-Sonic

Cars Featuring Hydraulic Lifts by Ron Aguirre

Garret Greydanus' 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick Century - The Busonic


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