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Chevy Impala

1963

1963 Chevrolet Pickup

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Lowriders


Lowriders

Lowriding refers to slowly driving a lowrider car. The frame lowered until it nearly touches the ground, and the driver seated in such a way that just the top of their head is visible.

Historians trace this uniquely Mexican hobby to Juarez, Mexico, circa 1920. Lowrider culture became even more provocative with the rise of the Chicano movement at the beginning of the 1960s. A lowrider car and even bikes are a drivable work of art created by extensively customizing the automobile’s exterior and interior. Lowrider cars are definitely street legal, however, state laws may prohibit the extent to which a car can be customized before it’s declared unsafe for public driving.


Lowriders

The Impala was separated into its own model making it the second most expensive Chevrolet for 1964. Standard equipment included most of what was available for lower models plus extra thick foam cushion seat, bright aluminum front seat end panels, bright instrument panel insert with nameplate molding, electric clock, parking brake warning light, Impala center emblem on steering wheel, and special padded arm rests for front and rear seats.


Lowriders

A 1963 Chevrolet Pickup can be distinguished by the grille which had a more egg-crate appearance and headlamp bezels and Chevrolet lettering was accented in black. Parking light lenses where the same as previous years, except federal regulations now required the automotive industry to change from clear to amber.


Lowriders

Lowriders

A lowrider bicycle is a highly customized bicycle with styling inspired by lowrider cars. These bikes often feature a long, curved banana seat with a sissy bar and very tall upward-swept ape hanger handlebars. A lot of chrome, velvet, and overspoked wheels are common accessories to these custom bicycles. These bikes are typically a highly individualized creation. Despite the fact that these bikes originated within the poverty of the barrio, lowrider bikes can often be anything but cheap.

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