Looking back (not so long ago) I remember a time when 100 mph was fast; when my friends who are locked up sent letters, and I even remember when we used to play music on an 8-track, and our television had a cord attached to the remote. Back then it all seemed amazing, but fast forward to present day and now we’ve got cars that go faster than 200 mph, my friends in prison now email me, and when it comes to music and television I can do it all on a smartphone.
While I’m in no rush to ever go back to such archaic ways, the one thing that’s never really changed is the elegance of classic cars. Even in the “ugliest” of vehicles there’s a nostalgic feel and an imposing presence brought on by these monsters. Their lines flow, their designs are imposing, and most modern-day cars take some sort of inspiration or design cue from them.
Take this 1935 Plymouth PJ for example. With smooth lines and fresh contours, it’s incredible to think that it was introduced as being the biggest low-priced car on the market that used 20 percent less fuel than it’s competitors, so technically a Prius of the ’30s. Needless to say, they sold over 350,000 units — again a small number compared to the 10 million Camrys that have been sold.
But of the 350,000 sold there’s probably none that can match the beauty of this one that we found in Nagoya, Japan. Owned by Hitomi Kato of Pharaoh’s CC, this bomb sports it’s original flathead six tuned by Cholo’s Customs and an exquisite paintjob that was laced by Jack & Freddy’s. It’s a definite head turner that sits on classic 14-inch Cragar wires and its ground-hugging stance comes by way of airbags. Of course the model, “Panchita” is a site herself, but the beauty found in both of them is indicative of times yet changing again.
To see this lowrider hit the streets of Japan is mesmerizing. It allows you to witness lowrider culture from an entirely different perspective, while giving you the pride in knowing that our culture has no boundaries. For more than a decade, Japan has embraced our culture and lifestyle, while also adopting the attention to detail and loyalty that we all embrace, and that, my friend, is what our world is all about.