Theme Tuesdays: Los Boulevardos

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Recently I stumbled upon on Stance Works thread that kind of rattled the entire belief system this site is based on, for years I have often considered American cars -ie: Impalas slammed on Supremes with white walls- a different style of lowrider but it turns out that is not the case.

According to members of the Los Boulevardos Car Club these cars that are too late to be traditional (in the hot rod sense), and too lowrider to be custom (think sleds), and too custom to be lowriders (think lack of wires) are their own niche entirely.

Though they are obviously influenced by all three of the aforementioned customization styles they are their own niche birthed by custom car builders and painters like Larry Watson and Gene Winfield (who I was lucky enough to meet at SEMA).

Here’s an explanation by Al Grain (Alex) on Stance Works

There was a period of time after the custom cars of the 50’s, but before the lowriders of the late 70’s where mainstream focus shifted away from custom cars (chopped tops/smoothed body panels/hubcaps/etc).

It was still the sixties though, and people did whatever their imaginations came up with with what resources they had. Metal flake paint, lace patterns, wild psychedelic paintwork took the place of more expensive body modifications.

One of the biggest differences between our cars and a modern day lowrider is the wheels. You’ll never see Daytons, McLeans or Chinese wire wheels on a Los Boulevardos car.

We’ll roll Astro Supreme, Cragars SS or Starwires, Rockets, Tru-Spokes, chrome reverse and a myriad of other period wheels.

Then there’s what I run – the ’53-’55 Buick Skylark wire wheel. These were the gold standard for a wire wheel on a custom car back in the 60’s.

I found all of this pretty interesting and when I find things interesting I tend to spend a lot of time reading about them which is how I stumbled upon the  Los Boulverdos forum and most of these photos.

This car according to Alex was the beginning of the trend
Of course they don’t all have wild paint, this one is rocking what appears to be a subtle flake
And this and even subtler paint job
Love the car, love the shot
It’s crazy to think that wires wheels are what probably lead to these
The fact that these cars can be so simple, and some so wild, makes them awesome
Amazing Caddy
Slightly different take on pinstripping
This car has a lot of lowrider influences, most notably the paint
Amazing 5355
Japan has picked up on the style as well
From a Los Boulverdos Car Club Cruise
From the same cruise if I am not mistaken
I’ve seen this Buick pop up a few times over the past few months
The hours and detail in that paint…
More intricate paintwork
Lanny Ericson’s 56 which was painted by Gene Winfield the finish is called Violet Fantasy
51 Chev picked up from Rub N Scrape
Boss Rivi from Local Hero which is a blog you should check now and again
and to end it with Alex’s Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

7 COMMENTS

  1. Nice! That’s the exact style of car I’d love to build. Didn’t realize it wouldn’t be considered a ‘custom’. Don’t matter either way though. Thats for the link Dave.

  2. that’s exactly the style i like for old domestics, some real gems in this post. heck all of ’em are awesome. great article.

  3. I never knew they were called Los Boulevardos. It’s a style I’ve always liked. Clean, simple (except for some of the paint jobs, but those are OK too) and great looking, that’s all I want!

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