Many of you may recognize the unforgettable Grape Space Coaster, a fixture at local car shows and the North Holywood car scene or from its appearance on Episode one of My Ride Rules. The famed '65 Buick Riviera was originally bought and owned by Beverly Hills Buick dealership owner, Harold Wyatt. As with many cars, they rarely stay with one owner and Chris Dursa of Ohio was lucky enough to acquire the Riviera in 1993. Chris had plans of drag racing, so he not only did a frame off restoration, but he also did some engine upgrades to unleash the previously untapped power potential. In 2009 this hopped up Buick and its eye-grabbing purple color change was ready for a new home - Enter Tonya Kay, who fell head over heals for the car on first sight.
Tonya, who not only LOVES purple, is also a well-known professional dancer and actress. Best known for her roles on TV shows such as ABC's Criminal Minds and Fox's House MD also tours the world as creator and producer of her very own Tonya Kay's Pinup Pole Show. Dubbed, " The Most Dangerous Woman in Hollywood" Tonya Kay and her Pinup Pole Show troupe puts on performances locally around Hollywood and Long Beach often incorporating the custom car culture scene at her shows.
This multi-talented babe is no stranger to getting her hands dirty either; when Tonya isn't performing or producing she can be found making bio-diesel from vegetable oil for three of her six-vehicle fleet. After several years of cruising the boulevards, Tonya has decided to give, "The Grape Space Coaster," (this is her name for her beloved Riviera) some much needed TLC. We are thrilled that Tonya chose Anaheim Rod and Custom to preform a list of upgrades to this famed Buick which include: engine, electrical, wheels, tires, a custom grill, paint and body repairs and interior upgrades to name a few. The Grape Space Coaster will soon be back on the streets cruising So Cal and turning heads as it has done since 1965. Keep an eye on our social media feed for updates on the progression of this cool car!