“Pimp My Ride” was on MTV from 2004 to 2007 with a simple premise: convert old cars and have a rapper and car aficionado Xzibit and his friends create a massive and crazy upgrade in one shape or form. The theme song explains it all: “So you wanna be a player, but your wheels ain’t fly. You gotta hit us up, to get a prompt out ride.” They converted a ton of cars during its run, but there are several that cannot be forgotten. So, what are the craziest cars that got its fancy upgrade?
Let’s start with the 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood, a car that was once had the role of a hearse. Xzibit kept the theme of death and made it into a transportable barbecue grill inside a coffin in the back. Talk about a tailgate by pulling out the coffin, flipping it open, and turning on the grill outside the stadium. Next, there was the Ford Econoline, which has a ton of room for passengers and goods and was big enough to place a hot tub in. A fully functioning hot tub, plus a skylight and flat screen TV, were installed successfully. Then, there is the Land Cruiser whose open-ended trunk was fitted with bamboo flooring for that person’s daily yoga.
A easier, classier pimp installation was in a1981 Trans Am, where the guys added a small chandelier inside. It gave the interior some class and sophistication, just like the exterior of the vehicle itself. A more radical change was in a 2003 Chevy truck, where the roof was given an incredible paint job of a replica of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. With a 1988 Chevy truck, Xzibit and crew created a very interesting yet odd installation: a pool table. The top end of the table is attached to the front of the car, a bit too high for people if the cue ball is on that end. Plus, it can’t be used for driving, so it might as well be like the Fleetwood and serve as a cool tailgate venue.
In terms of both interior and exterior, one lucky person, a comic book fan, got their Honda CRX Silver Surfer paint job on their vehicle with a speaker box inspired by The Thing. Another Honda, the 240SX, got a full makeover by built repainted as a replica out of the video game Need For Speed 2. In terms of safety, taking a 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA that someone who has a history of fender benders with and installing LCD camera in the fenders are quite radical for the time, especially when new cars now have rear-view cameras. And finally, the most boldest, vintage pimp out done to a car has to be the 1976 AMC Pacer getting a canvas sunroof, a juicer in the backseat, and – the ultimate pimp thing – yellow shag carpeting!
Pimp My Ride may have ended, but the history of its car remodeling lives on.