What's the story with these goofball cars?
November 3, 2011 10:34 AM Subscribe
Take a large sedan, paint it some obnoxious color, and bolt on absurdly large wheels: what is this style of modified vehicle called, and why do people think it looks cool?
posted by Mars Saxman to sports, hobbies, & recreation (36 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There are at least half a dozen of these cars cruising around my neighborhood, and they are similar enough that it is clearly an established style. They look ridiculous to my eyes, but I would like to stop simply laughing at them and find out what their owners are trying to accomplish.
For example, if I see a pickup truck with tiny wheels and lots of fiberglass trim, I know that style is called "low rider" and that it's inspired by Southern California hot rods. Then I can look up "low riders" and see galleries of particularly excellent examples, and even if the style is not to my taste I can at least tell what its practitioners are going for.
Same thing if I see a cheap Honda with an oversized spoiler, a faux-carbon-fiber hood, and an absurdly large exhaust tip. That particular vehicle may be a rolling joke, but I can look up "street racers" and see what its owner was trying to do, and understand why a well executed specimen of that style might be appealing to someone in the appropriate subculture.
But these cars... I'm baffled. It's like they take the biggest, most ungainly, least sexy sedans they can find, then give them the biggest, most awkward wheels they can find, then paint them the strangest, most unpleasant colors they can imagine, and that's it. There doesn't seem to be anything else to it. What am I missing? What is this style called, and what subculture does it come from? Where are the canonical examples of this form? How do you look at such a vehicle so that it seems cool?