Jay Leno goes gangster with California lowriders

The cars featured on Jay Leno’s Garage are usually priceless classics or rare supercars with celebrity owners, but in an interesting change, Leno takes a look into the underground scene of custom California lowriders.

“I first became aware of this phenomenon maybe 20 years ago,” Leno says, in an old-man, kids-these-days tone. The lowrider capital of the world is Los Angeles, where the scene originated.

Leno says that he is incredibly impressed with the level of detail and workmanship in these custom cars. He says the cars have some of the best paintwork and most brilliant engineering he’s ever seen. Even though it’s not really his scene, he says he can’t help but appreciate the cars because of the stellar craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into making them.

Typically, GM cars from the 1960s and ’70s are used to build lowriders. Impalas are a popular pick for their long and wide stance. They also have a lot of room under the hood for massive engine upgrades and huge trunks for the hydraulic systems.

Check out the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage here. He’s unusually cheery in this episode!

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