Gypsy Rose: Lowrider Legend – Historic Vechicle Association Documentary


Southern California has a long history of developing automotive subcultures and then exporting them to the rest of the world, but no niche is quite as flashy or culturally iconic as the lowrider. And no lowrider is as groundbreaking as the Gypsy Rose, a 1964 Chevrolet Impala created by Jesse Valadez while he as a member of the Imperials car club in East L.A. Extravagantly painted by local man Don Heckman in pink, with hundreds of ornate roses and perfect pinstripes, this third-iteration Gypsy Rose has been turning heads on every street it cruises for nearly five decades. In the 1970s, it featured in the opening of the sit-com “Chico and the Man,” and in 1980 it appeared on the cover of “Lowrider” magazine.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/11/22/gypsy-rose-lowrider-legend


Wow…that was an educational and a heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing. Gave me a more in debt respect for that era. P:ray it continues to grow in younger generations. Just shows what one man’s dream doing the right thing the right way for the right reason can do and affect so many others to do the same. Awesome…thanks for sharing your life.