It started out as a standard 1951 Mercury Coupe. And then Sam and George Barris got their hands on it. Here’s a look at the “the most famous custom of the classic era,” a one-of-a-kind original that set a new standard for style and attitude in the custom car building scene.
Not many individual cars can claim credit for giving rise to an entire automotive subculture. And yet Gypsy Rose, rolling out of the barrios of East L.A., down Whittier Boulevard and into world-wide recognition, has managed to do just that. Read on to learn more about the car that helped shape modern lowrider culture.
For many, a 1932 Ford roadster is the quintessential hot rod. Take a look back at the original—the trendsetting car that became the benchmark of style for so many hot rods that came after it and remained an icon even as hot rod tastes changed throughout the decades.
While the big focus for us here at the Historic Vehicle Association is next month’s Third Annual Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C, we still managed to take in some of the exceptional cars on display at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. Check out our report as well as a recap of last year’s Cars at the Capital if, for some reason, you’re questioning whether or not you should attend.
Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.
Aside from a few cars built for racing, the National Historic Vehicle Register has yet to include any modified cars, an omission that the Historic Vehicle Association will reverse next month when, ahead of joining the register, three of the most widely recognized lowriders, hot rods, and customs will go on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The historic ’64 Impala will be on display representing Lowrider culture as part of the 3rd annual Cars at the Capital Exhibition
When you first encounter the massive White Model M Steam Car, you’re immediately struck by its size. As you begin to acclimate to its outsized proportions, you begin taking in the random details: the golden presidential seal; the steering wheel within a steering wheel; and the wild assortment of levers. But all of this pales in comparison to the historic significance of the car itself, one which arguably set the stage for much of what was to come with the dawn of the automotive age. Watch the film to learn more about President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Model M Steam Car, the first presidential limousine.