Cars at the Capitol

For the past couple of years, the Historic Vehicle Association has showcased some classic cars on the Mall. This year they displayed three cars for a week each, in a large glass case on the Mall.
The first car was the Gypsy Rose 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider. The car is a classic low-rider from LA, built by Jesse Valadez in 1973, inspired by the burlesque of Gypsy Rose Lee, with the painting was done by Walter Prey and Don Heckman. It was often seen riding up and down Whittier Boulevard in East L.A. in the 1970’s, and was featured in the opening of the sitcom Chico and the Man.

The second car was the McGee Roadster, a car designed by Bob McGee in 1947, based on an 1932 Ford V8 Roadster.

The third car was the Hirohata Merc, commissioned by Bob Hirohata as a restyle of a 1951 Mercury Sport Coupe.

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