Hooniverse Asks- What's the Best Cinco de Mayo Car?

At the Battle of Puebla, in 1862, the Mexican Army defeated the French, even though outnumbered 2 to 1. This was a huge moral victory for the Central American nation seeking independence from their European occupiers, and is celebrated to this day as a civic holiday in Mexico, and an opportunity to quaff margaritas or CervezaTecate for the rest of us.
Interestingly, the battle commemorated by today’s Mexican holiday also has an automotive connection as Puebla is now the site not of firepower but horsepower. Well, not exactly, but the municipality of Puebla is currently the location of the largest Volkswagen plant outside of Germany, and if you’ve driven a Golf or Jetta in the U.S. the past decade or so, chances are it came from Puebla.
Mexico also has a rich history of car culture, from the stereotyped Tijuana tuck and roll, to the entire lowrider culture that grew here in the U.S., but has its roots in the Latin American immigrants that made up the Chicano communities. These cars, featuring intricate paint schemes and hydraulic suspensions requiring a trunk full of batteries run the gamut of old and new, and are an entire genre unto themselves.
So there’s a couple of choices that are appropriately relevant – but what do you think, if you had to choose what to ride down to the Paseo del la Plaza in, what Cinco de Mayo car do you think would be muy bueno?
Image source: [LateralGPhotography.com]

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  1. SSurfer321 Avatar

    <img src="http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/4764/050402z1960chevroletelcko0.jpg"&gt;
    IMG from ElCaminoCentral.com

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Never so badly have I wanted to see hydraulics in action…

  2. tonyola Avatar

    1964 Chevy Impala, of course.
    <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i009961.jpg&quot; width=400>
    <img src="http://www.hollywood-diecast.com/love%20machine2%20(1).JPG" width=400>

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq


  3. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    <img src="http://blog.al.com/engine-block/2008/04/gypsy_rose.jpg&quot; wdth="500">It has to be an Impala.

  4. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/gallery/cache/1807__512x299_4-door-production.jpg&quot; width="320">
    <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/gallery/cache/1804__512x322_2-door-production.jpg&quot; width="320">
    Can't decide between the 3-door and the 5-door. The 3-door looks better, but the 5-door makes it easier to transport the revelers.

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      in the spirit of the day, gotta go for the Cinco-door.

    2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar


  5. muthalovin Avatar

    You're kidding me, right?
    El Camino.

  6. acarr260 Avatar

    Nowadays, I would have to say something with upgraded exterior armor. Seriously, have you seen the amount of bullets that they're spraying south of the border?

  7. P161911 Avatar

    Anything rented from these guys:
    <img src="http://www.rentalcarmomma.com/AlamoCoreC.gif"width=500&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I'll try to remember that.

    2. OA5599 Avatar

      Except that the Alamo had long been located in the Estados Unidos by 1862.

      1. Patrick Avatar

        Technically, the Alamo was not in the Estados Unidos in 1862. It was in the Confederacy.

    3. dmilligan Avatar


  8. jeremy![™] Avatar

    im thining mk1 vw bug. god there are millions of those damn things!

  9. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Pretend it's Tuesday.
    <img src="http://www.cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/carabela/images/Carabela_Marquesa_125_MX.jpg&quot; width="500">
    Image from Sheldon's EMU (European Motorcycle Universe) @ <a href="http://www.cybermotorcycle.com.” target=”_blank”>http://www.cybermotorcycle.com.

  10. LTDScott Avatar

    Unfortunately I couldn't find a photo of a Lobo with 8 exhaust tips.
    <img src="http://photos3.hi5.com/0061/168/242/bLAaKU168242-02.jpg"&gt;

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      Hey, that is my truck you are talking about. Minus the awesome 8 pipes. I have 9.

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      Yes, I know these may be the worst choices, but I got stuck on the "Cinco" theme more so then the "de Mayo" theme.

  11. P161911 Avatar

    A personal favorite, the 1999-2001 Mexican Market Ramcharger
    <img src="http://www.uswd.com/images/00ramcharger002.jpg"width=500&gt;

  12. OA5599 Avatar

    Since the holiday celebrates getting rid of the French, and a Chebby is the brand of choice in Mexico, I think the best 5 de Mayo car is a Citroen swapped to RWD LS1 power.
    <img src="http://images.hotrod.com/featuredvehicles/113_0703_02_z+1966_citroen+engine.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://images.hotrod.com/featuredvehicles/113_0703_01_z+1966_citroen+front_view.jpg"&gt;

    1. citroen67 Avatar

      I love that car! It is one impressive build. http://citroenid19hotrod.blogspot.com/search?upda

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      That is the most amazing thing I have seen today. Possibly the week. Thank you good sir.

    3. Franzouse Avatar

      I think I'm in love.

  13. $kaycog Avatar

    I just don't understand.
    <img src="http://houseofriderz.com/d06rdlrm3.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      You caught a Transformer with it's pants down. Give it a minute to finish.
      On another note, with all that gold/chrome you would think the builder would have remembered to coat the jackstands it's being displayed on. Or at least hide them with the cottonball clouds they like to make.

    2. citroen67 Avatar

      I know, right? It looks like a still shot of a truck that has exploded due to an overload of bad taste!
      BTW…congrats on the COTD on [REDACTED]!

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        The caption on that picture said it is an '84 Nissan. I had no idea what it was.
        Thank you very much! 🙂

        1. trhyne Avatar

          Well you were right at the end there… It 'was' an '84 Nissan

    3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I can't help but hear that in Gene Hackman's voice:
      <img src="http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BODIyMTg1MzUxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjkyNzgwMw@@._V1_.jpg&quot; height="420">
      Sen. Keeley: "I don't understand."
      Mrs. Keeley: "It's a pick up."
      Sen. Keeley: "What? …I don't understand. I just don't understand."
      Mrs. Keeley: "That blue thing — it's a pickup!"
      Sen. Keeley: "I feel like I'm insane."

      1. skitter Avatar

        I want an eclectic celebration of stylistic flourish: Ed Roth, Marcello Gandini, Harley Earl, Wilhelm Hofmeister, Virgil Exner, Chris Bangle, Peter Wheeler, Wunibald Kamm, but keep it all inside.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          Yeah, maybe not Ed Roth, then.
          <img src="http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd151/Roth_Orbitron/ORBITRON024.jpg&quot; width="350">

          1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

            That poor thing…
            But, at least it had a happy ending!! (wink-wink)

    4. dmilligan Avatar

      Imagine being stopped at a light and having that thing pull up next to you and do that. I think that I'd get out and clap, at least.

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        I'd probably laugh my head off! Or cry.

  14. Alff Avatar

    I'd go with the (MX-) Cinco de (James) Mayo[youtube 3jqmGTOz4kQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqmGTOz4kQ youtube]

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      James May has always had terribad hair. Fact.
      MX5. Perfect for any Cinco Party.

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      i believe that's "Marco Cinco"

    2. dmilligan Avatar

      Yeah, but it really needs to be lowered. That's way too high.

  15. citroen67 Avatar

    Or, any car that will readily accept the installation of a "Continental Kit."

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      That's probably actually a non-syncro de Mayo.

    2. dmilligan Avatar

      I don' see no pichur.

      1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

        Huh. It shows up here…. (scratches head)
        Here's the link. Not nearly as funny as I thought it was before the coffee kicked in.

        1. dmilligan Avatar

          When I came back to reply, the picture showed up. Internet weirdness. And yeah, that one's a little lame. E for effort tho'.

  16. Dutch Avatar

    Up here in the northern midwest, the ride of choice would be an F-150.

  17. Alff Avatar

    There's only one appropriate car for Sinko de Mayo
    <img src="http://www.amphicar.com/images/sunk.jpg"&gt;

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      ummm… mr. kennedy. please hire a *professional* driver.

  18. 2stroke4life Avatar

    I would love a Mexican-built Borgward from the 60s… but realistically, we're taking the Goggomobil to El Torito tonight, can't beat 50mpg…

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Thumbs up to everything you write forever…just for having a Goggomobil.

  19. OA5599 Avatar

    <img src="http://www.thesundayhauler.com/store/media/2011_SPRINT/2011DE5HELLMANNS1.jpg&quot; width=500>
    el coche perfecto para el 5 de Mayo

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      And it's labeled an Impala to boot! I lift my can of Pepsi Max to you, cheers!

  20. patrick Avatar

    10 years ago around here it would be a 1975 Monte Carlo, lowered with a hydro kit. today, I'd have to say an 81 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

  21. Mike99 Avatar

    Mexico is in North America not Central America.

    1. jjd241 Avatar

      I understand our Canadian friends call us here in the US "Upper Mexicans"…

  22. coupeZ600 Avatar

    "Goddamn-Dipshit-Rodriguez-Gypsy-Dildo-Punks! I'll Get Your Ass!"