The Truth About Cars » lowriders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:01:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » lowriders http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Question: Which Stodgy Luxury Car Gets Most Transformed At Extremely Low Altitude? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:32:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464847 After my tirade about big fat luxury cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons, I got to thinking about all the once-boring luxury machines I’ve seen with brutal slam jobs. In so many cases— yes, even with a vintage Audi 100— dropping the Chairman of the Board’s luxury ride about a foot works wonders for its appearance.
For my money, Japanese luxury cars such as the Mitsubishi Debonair, Toyota Century, and Nissan President respond best to this treatment, as demonstrated by many wild-eyed Japanese customizers (though Detroit limos look great, too). How about you?

Toyota Century image from Minkara, via Speedhunters.

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Who Says You Shouldn’t Slam an Audi 100? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:51:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393150
When I was 16 and just beginning to contemplate expanding my personal automotive fleet beyond a ’69 Corona sedan, I had the opportunity to buy three Audi 100s for 350 bucks. Actually, the deal was more like 3.75 Audi 100s, what with all the random engine parts stuffed in the trunks and oozing oil onto the upholstery. None of the three ran, but I figured I could play mix-and-match with the parts and make one runner, which I would then customize in the finest 1982 style (shudder). I ended up passing on the tripartate-O-100s, due to what I thought was the inherently uncool image of the marque (back then, only orthodontists drove Audis), but the question remains: what can be done to fix the stodgy-yet-vaguely-sporty image of the C1 Audi 100?

Tomas Sport Tuning seems to have figured it out. This 8-track-equipped 100LS rides on airbags now, and the look actually works. The key is the factory hubcaps; 21st-century wheels would just look silly.

The only improvement I’d suggest would be an early-70s-grade brown paint job.

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Gypsy Rose Follows King Of Low Riders To The Grave http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gipsy-rose-follows-king-of-low-riders-to-the-grave/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gipsy-rose-follows-king-of-low-riders-to-the-grave/#comments Sat, 05 Feb 2011 14:04:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383003

Today, a shocking pink, rose decorated 1964 Chevy Impala named “Gypsy Rose” will lead a funeral procession of lowriders through East L.A. It will follow its owner to the grave. Jesse Valadez, a founding member of the legendary Imperial Car Club in East L.A., died of colon cancer Jan. 29 at age 64. For those who don’t know: Lowriders are the antonym of SUVs. 5 inches (less with hydraulics) ground clearance are considered high.

The 1964 Impala has a cocktail bar in the backseat and a chandelier where the rear dome light used to be. The car’s flower patterns were designed by Walt Prey of Walt Studios in Van Nuys. It took two and half years to complete, said Valadez’s brother to the Associated Press (via Google.)

Gypsy Rose became the center piece of lowrider tours and was shown at the Petersen Auto Museum’s “La Vida Lowrider” exhibit in 2008.

The car will not follow its master into the grave, Valadez’s son Jesse Jr. will inherit “Gypsy Rose.” It was probably the only car that got its owner an obit on the AP wire service.

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