He searched high and low for the old school and eventually found it online in an Autotrader ad back in 1998. It was a rare, one-owner gem, with only 23,000 documented miles. For only $8,500, the Caprice was literally a steal for Will! “I had to have it,” he explains. It traveled all the way from Austin, TX, to Savannah, GA, and was Will’s prized position. He nicknamed her “Nelly,” and went to work making it his own.
“I replaced the vinyl top, battery and four new tires to make it a beautiful daily driver,” he says. “Over the years, I painted it three times and changed out the rims and sound system. But the one that that never changed was the fact that my son Tristen wanted the car, so I was never going to get rid of it.”
When his son was a junior in high school, Will felt it was time to transfer Nelly to her new owner and “Escobar” was born (nicknamed after the infamous drug lord after the two of them watched a documentary on Pablo Escobar). Transplanting an LS3 engine, KL90 transmission and 373 gears more than doubled the power of the Caprice. It was then re-painted with PPG Vibrance Cabernet candy paint to give it that custom look.