1984 Buick Regal

The sun glints off the grill of a 1952 Buick on display at a car cruise in Butler, Pa. The lowrider owned by Jim and Pam Thompson of Saxonburg, Pa., has custom hydraulic suspension allowing it to be raised and lowered.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Lowriders don't just modify classic cars from the 1950s and '60s. More modern cars get the treatment too.

A popular lowrider model is the second-generation Buick Regal. That generation ran almost 10 years -- from 1978 to 1987. That gives customizers plenty of inexpensive cars to work on, plus a lot of available replacement parts.

While lowriders from the 40s and 50s are round, and lowriders from the 1960s tend to be angular, the Buick Regal is a coupe with a flat, squared off body. It doesn't have the sharp flourishes of the Impala or acres of chrome. Instead, the Regal is a blank canvas for showing off aftermarket parts like vibrant, eye-catching wheels. Since the car is so understated, the accessories can do the talking.

With the Regal, most lowriders add flashy custom rims, and some even go so far as to add a little bling to the engine, coating it in chrome or even gold plating parts of it. And while the Regal has a sleek profile because it's a coupe, there's still plenty of room inside, so lowriders typically add crushed velvet or velour seats and a powerful stereo, of course. Adding even more style to the Regal is a continental kit, which puts the spare tire on the car's rear end, just above the bumper. That spare tire usually gets the full custom treatment and ends up sitting like a jewel on the back of the car.