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Part rebellion, part fashion, there's no end to the custom car originality. View photos of the 1950s Revival Leadsled, the complexly engineered Frankenstude and the Limelighter, among others.

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Cruising Low and Slow: 10 Great Lowriders

Early lowriders cruised the streets of California in the 1930s in customized cars to impress the girls. Find out why these 10 bajito y suavecito cars made our list.

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  • Cruising Low and Slow: 10 Great Lowriders
    Cruising Low and Slow: 10 Great Lowriders

    Early lowriders cruised the streets of California in the 1930s in customized cars to impress the girls. Find out why these 10 bajito y suavecito cars made our list. See more »

  • How Car Restoration Works
    How Car Restoration Works

    Some people dream of owning a brand new Escalade or Maybach, but others have bigger -- and older -- dreams. If you'd rather drive a classic, the accessibility and ease of car restoration can turn that vision into reality. See more »

  • 1950s Revival Leadsled: Profile of a Custom Car
    1950s Revival Leadsled: Profile of a Custom Car

    The 1950s Revival Leadsled custom car was built when mainstream America seemed to rediscover the smooth curves of the '50s. This chop-top proves that the appeal of a well-designed custom car is timeless. Read more about the Revival Leadsled. See more »

  • Afterglow: Profile of a Custom Car
    Afterglow: Profile of a Custom Car

    The flowing proportions of the Afterglow were inspired by a car built by a custom pioneer more than 50 years ago. Quality execution modern building techniques and an eye-catching coppery paint job produced a winner. Learn more about the Afterglow. See more »

  • AMX-400: Profile of a Custom Car
    AMX-400: Profile of a Custom Car

    The AMX-400 was a Barris Kustom creation an example of the rarely attempted custom muscle car. The larges modification on the car is the top which was reduced by a full 4 and a half inches. See photos and learn more about the AMX-400. See more »

  • Blue Danube: Profile of a Custom Car
    Blue Danube: Profile of a Custom Car

    The Blue Danube was a 1951 Buick Riviera extensively customized by Barris Kustom. The name of the car comes from the distinctive paint scheme which features three shades of blue. Learn about this custom car and see the best of 1950s customizing. See more »

  • Buddy Alcorn Mercury: Profile of a Custom Car
    Buddy Alcorn Mercury: Profile of a Custom Car

    The Buddy Alcorn Mercury was one of the best-executed custom cars of its time. The car features an incredible amount of skilled labor that was going out of style in the late 1950s. Learn about this 1950 Mercury custom car created by the Ayala brothers. See more »

  • Custom Car Profiles
    Custom Car Profiles

    Custom cars are more than just a form of transportation. They represent a lifestyle and an attitude that's part rebellion, part fashion, and 100 percent American. See more »

  • Dream Truck: Profile of a Custom Car
    Dream Truck: Profile of a Custom Car

    The Dream Truck was a custom car builder's dream initiated in 1953 by Spencer Murray. The car's unique interior features a hand-molded dashboard that is integrated into the doors. See photos and learn more about the custom 1950 Chevy pickup. See more »

  • Frankenstude: Profile of a Custom Car
    Frankenstude: Profile of a Custom Car

    The bullet-nosed Frankenstude debuted at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Its unique design, complex engineering, and robust performance potential made it a hit. Read how Frankenstude helped launch a new wave of custom takes on '50s cars. See more »

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