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My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Oct 28: The Pimp Mobile

You might have heard of the show "Pimp My Ride" or the expression "that car is pimped". The word "pimp" seems to be common in car culture, but why, where did it come from?

Well, let's start with this Cadillac pic (well, actually it is a very well camo'd old Vette).. Back in the '60's and '70's there was a group of nasty criminals (pimps) who wore outlandish clothing and drove outlandish Cadillacs and Lincolns, done up in the most over the top and tasteless manner. Invariably they were Eldorados or Marks (and the occasional Corvette). Is there anything else one could add to this monster? Tasteless styling cues from the '30's abound on this poor car.

Or how about........

Another early '70's Eldorado done up in the classic pimpmobile style. Can't imagine what the inside would look like. Here's an action shot of a rare 4 door......

Note the standard classic grille, the big lights, the side mounts and the other crap. Can't imagine driving this baby.

After the '80's the pimpmobile just kind of faded away. I'm sure that business didn't die, but you never see pics of what they drive today  -  probably dark tinted Escalades with huge and fancy wheels. On the other hand, what if a pimp was really "successful", would they do up a car like this one owned by Prince Marcus
Von Anhalt, one of Germany's biggest brothel owners..........

How much money was spent to spoil this new half million dollar Rolls drop top? I guess the bottom line is that while tastes change, people without any and lots of coin will always be around.

Until next time........


  1. I'm fairly certain that the hood on the car in that first shot is as long as my entire car.

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  3. The first picture is a C3 corvette not an Eldorado

  4. You can see a few of these ugly things in the James Bond movie "Live and Let Die" back in 1973. If you're very interested, you can google "Les Dunham".