Island Beauty

Kenny Tajiri's latest ride is a darned sight better than his first ride.

When it comes to professing an undying affection for classic '60s musclecars like the Chevrolet Chevelles, El Caminos, Camaros, and Monte Carlos, Milliani, Hawaii, GM-lover Kenny Tajiri whimsically sums up a lifetime's worth of experiences in one paragraph.

"I was the youngest of five children, and grew up in a household of GM musclecar fanatics," says Tajiri. "I literally went to sleep, and arose to the melodious rumble of either a high winding Chevrolet small-block, or pulse-pounding Chevrolet big-block, wide-open throttle at dawn, and fast idle at dusk. These cars would never fail to send chills up, and down my spine!"

Kenny my man! You ought to be writing poetry!

However, the 34-year-old native Hawaiian also seems to have no problem dealing in abject-reality.

"Sadly, my first car was a '71 Toyota Corolla, which was followed by a Karmann-Ghia, and then a Porsche 911 Turbo. However, throughout this entire phase of my automotive life, I never gave up on the idea of [someday] owning a classic American musclecar!"

Four years ago, Tajiri purchased this mint condition, '69 427 Chevelle big-block for the princely sum of $14,000. There were however a few custom additions which Kenny wanted to make.

"My friend Andy Partika and I built the car." As one can tell from the tech box below, "this car is the REAL DEAL," says Tajiri. Yes, Kenny, it certainly is!

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