Custom American classics immortalized by Historic Vehicle Association.
The McGee Roadster hot rod, a Hirohata Merc radical custom and the Gypsy Rose lowrider were announced as the 16th, 17th and 18th vehicles to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of their significance in American automotive history.
HIROHATA MERC, MCGEE ROADSTER AND GYPSY ROSE LOWRIDER EACH GET A TURN ON THE MALL
Forget Democrat versus Republican. Are you Team Hot Rod or Team Lowrider? You’re a third-party type? How about a chopped and channeled Mercury with a back story that stretches to WWII internment camps?
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.
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