Galpin Motors, a Southern California institution that began with a small Ford dealership in the San Fernando Valley, showed up with a few of their Galpinized custom vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show. One was pretty cool, in a kitschy, Barris sort of way. Two others applied already-tired cliches that prove the traditional rod trend is on life-support and the bro-ham tat thing sadly very much alive.
Good stuff first: The above crazy Tiki F-250 compete with surf-rack tonneau that flips up to reveal a bed-mounted hot tub and a gigantic tiki head to oversee the party-time goings on.
Not so good: A flat-black F-150 with red and white pinstriping, including elongated teardrop stripes on the modern, black multispoke wheels. Ouch.
Simply awful: A Mazda5 done up in a bad black-on-black tribal design that features TV screens in the windows. Somebody put it out of its misery. Or just give it to Fred Durst. Same thing. really.
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