The modern lowrider, the result of car hydraulics, is an icon of an important sometimes forgotten part of American culture. In 1959, a mechanic named Ron Aguirre figured out that he could take a General Motors X-frame chassis and attach it to some hydraulic pumps that lowered and raised the car with the flip of a switch. And the modern low rider was born. First released in 1957, the X-Frame changed the course of low rider history because unlike the typical ladder frame chassis it allowed for more support on the vertical access, the up and down force that is applied to the car. To this the 1964 Chevrolet Impala is considered the “classic” frame and body for hydraulic implementation. Click here to learn more!
“It was just a contest to see who had the lowest car and he was the coolest guy in town.” —