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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Nick Burrola sits the driver's seat of his 1970 Chevrolet Impala lowrider at a display of customized lowrider automobiles in Anaheim, Calif.

AP Photo/Reed Saxon

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is another car from the 1970s and '80s that's popular with lowriders. It's related to the Buick Regal, but some lowriders prefer it, and a Monte Carlo can usually be found for less money than a Regal, too.

The Monte Carlo's interior also helps set it apart from the Regal. The fourth-generation Monte Carlo (which ran from 1981 to 1988), featured a smoothed-out body with more integrated bumpers. That made it easier for lowriders to make it look like the car was carved from a single piece of metal, a look that many prefer. Additionally, the Monte Carlo had the same empty-canvas look that the Buick Regal had, allowing lowriders to highlight their custom wheels.

Finally, the Monte Carlo's name conjures up images of glamour, intrigue and of course, gambling. Many lowriders used those images to develop the theme for their custom Monte Carlo lowrider, using pinstriping, custom fabric and wheels to bring the theme to life.

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