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.
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.
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.
To restore or not to restore? If unrestored, what is responsible use? Should unrestored vehicles be made to run and drive? This was the hotly debated topic at this past fall’s Driving History conference held at the Historic Vehicle Association’s Laboratory in Allentown, PA. In conjunction with the College of Charleston, presenters, students and enthusiasts alike came together to discuss the future of automobility and the merits of preservation.
The College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, is home to a large and well-respected program in historic preservation. Most students in the major, which grants a two-year undergraduate certificate and a master’s degree, focus their studies on the traditional areas of fine art, architecture, and urban design.
Winner of the very first Indianapolis 500, the Marmon Wasp is an icon of early automotive racing. Check out these five facts to learn more about this fascinating piece of American automotive history.
Conquering Concours — Stutz wins top-end Hilton Head Island car fest; 96-year-old South Carolina-built Anderson stands out
Leading picks at a Lowcountry resort town’s yearly automotive formal hailed from the Carolinas, and a rare hardtop crafted in Rock Hill 96 years ago also starred at the event