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"Dave's Dream" low rider, 1978

The 1990 acquisition of this low rider, a 1969 Ford LTD customized by David Jaramillo and friends in Espanola, New Mexico, caused some controversy at the National Museum of American History. Acquired for American Encounters, the 1992 exhibition on New Mexico's cultural history, it was dramatically different from previously collected automobiles, mainly standard models or prototypes. An example of technology transformed into a work of art, "Dave's Dream" was not an anonymous machine but an image of its owner's cultural identity and personal tastes.

See also: Automobiles, Latino History, Transportation

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