Seven years ago, the collector car community was staging its annual automotive love-in at Pebble Beach. Among all the other activities — cars shows, auctions, vintage races, a concours, etc. — a meeting was held with representatives of something call FIVA, which is shorthand for the Federation Internationale Vehicles Anciens, which was founded in 1966 with a mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the world’s motoring heritage.
Custom American classics immortalized by Historic Vehicle Association.
HIROHATA MERC, MCGEE ROADSTER AND GYPSY ROSE LOWRIDER EACH GET A TURN ON THE MALL
The McGee Roadster hot rod, Hirohata Merc radical custom and Gypsy Rose lowrider became part of history today. They 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.
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.
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.