A little while ago someone here suggested to post a few Revell Lowriders. I can’t remember who suggested it - sorry! But I remembered to do it, at least. So I grabbed two more or less random examples. The ‘59 Chevy Impala Coupe:
and the 82 Cadillac Coupe DeVille:
These models are from about 2001, I think - thereabouts, anyway. And like real Lowriders, the suspension is the party trick. You can jack up the front, or the back, or both, or let them sit real low.
Apart from the neat pin striping and the suspension, the models also feature an opening trunk that reveals the hydraulics:
Back in when these were new, many of my fellow collectors groaned and moaned and said they’d rather have standard models of these cars - but I liked them as they represent a real car culture that was popular at the time.
Hot Wheels, Jada and JL later joined the Lowrider brigade - but if I remember correctly, these were the first ones. But I could be wrong on that. The other brands however did not have the suspension trick - that was done only by Revell.
They weren’t a huge success in the market place - Revell later put out normal models as well, without the trick suspension or the opening trunk. But they didn’t sell real well either.
Later came some movie related cars, Bullit, American Graffiti and Fast & Furious. These were also really nice and will be a topic for later. Revell stopped selling 1/64 cars in about 2005 or so - a bit of a shame really, I quite liked a lot of their offerings.