Lowrider "Dave's Dream", 1992

Dave’s Dream, a modified 1969 Ford LTD, is a beloved example of Latino lowriders. Lowriding is a family and community activity with parades, trophies, and other events celebrating cars and paying homage to their power and beauty. Artistic paint schemes and custom upholstery make each lowrider unique. Hydraulic lifts enable lowriders to hop, making them seem alive and animated. David Jaramillo of Chimayo, New Mexico began customizing this car in the 1970s, but he was killed in an accident in another car. His family and local artisans completed the modifications that he had planned, and the car often won “first” or “best in show.”
Object Name
car, lowrider
date made
General Motors Corporation
Citizens of Chimayo, NM
Physical Description
steel (body material)
glass (windows material)
rubber (tires material)
paint (body coating material)
synthetic fabrics (upholstery material)
overall: 18 ft x 7 ft x 5 1/4 ft; 5.4864 m x 2.1336 m x 1.6002 m
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accession number
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Cultures & Communities
Family & Social Life
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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