San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Lowriders

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Lowriders are an important aspect of Southern California’s car culture, and San Diego is no exception.

Lowriding began in the 1940s and 50s as Mexican-American youth modified their cars with hydraulic or air suspension systems that could raise and lower their vehicles. The lowrider car style has since become a cultural phenomenon, representing a unique form of artistic expression and a symbol of cultural pride.

San Diego Lowriders are known for their elaborate paint jobs, intricate designs, and hydraulic or air suspension systems that can make the car bounce or dance. These cars are often seen at car shows, cruising the streets, or participating in events. They have become a form of identity and a representation of the Latino community in San Diego. San Diego Lowriders have also had a significant impact on American pop culture, inspiring music, fashion, and film. Through their creativity and passion, San Diego Lowriders have created a unique automotive art form that continues to inspire and captivate people from all walks of life.

Come on down and see what new Lowriders we have on display in our rotating San Diego Lowriders exhibit!

On Exhibit:

  • 1935 Chevrolet Coupe lowrider
  • 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad lowrider