This question was answered by five automobiles in what the publicity for the San Diego International Auto Show called a "must-see" exhibit.
It was a group of "lowriders," and other than what I could see before me, I had little exposure to this type of auto.
"A lowrider refers to a specific style of custom vehicle. The lowrider was created and made popular in the late 1960s. Born in the West Coast of the United States, the lowrider has expanded and spread to all parts of the world. The lowered stance and the addition of hydraulic cylinders and air bags to raise and lower the vehicle created a lucrative industry worldwide.
"While nearly any vehicle can be turned into a lowrider, the vehicle of choice is typically an early 1960s automobile. The long lines and wide stance of these cars lend themselves to the look. Paint schemes, interior treatment as well as stereo and exhaust systems are also customized on these vehicles. Often, the paint job on one of these cars cost as much or more than the cost of a new vehicle" (wisegeek.com/what-is-a-lowrider).
"Many owners and builders even go as far as naming their lowrider. In many cases, the vehicle becomes a rolling tribute or monument to a fallen family member or friend, or some other important part of life" (wisegeek.com/what-is-a-lowrider).
Which brings us to "Christine."
This 1949 Hudson Brougham just knocked me out, so I had to find out more about this intriguing vehicle.
"Marisa Rosales inherited the car after her boyfriend passed away in 1999. He had purchased the car some time before from his friend, Gaspar, who has also passed away. As Marisa recalls, Gaspar had purchased the car from the widow of the original owner.