Lujan, purchased the Chevy from a cousin in the early 1980’s while he was creating the movie-themed artwork in the Hollywood and Vine Metro station.
one of many of Lujan’s family cars looks essentially as it did in 1987 when Lujan used it as a canvas.
Using pinstriping brushes and lacquer-based textile crayons, Luján transformed his family’s 1950 Chevrolet sedan into a lowrider with what he called “a lighthearted kind of folk art narrative.” Unlike other lowriders, Luján humorously blends the aesthetic elements of street rods with symbols of Chicana/o culture.
Later, when times were tough, Lujan used the car to cover rent and traded it to his landlord, who stored it in the auto-salvage yard he owned.
Another artist bought it, but he then needed money, and a pawn shop ended up putting the car for sale on eBay.
Dunlap was shopping for a hot rod on the website when he saw the ad for the 1950 coupe, went to the shop, paid $7,000 for the Chevy and drove it home.
Dunlap sought out Lujan and commissioned the artist to restore the car to its original glory. They became close friends.