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Superfly poster showing pimpmobile

A pimpmobile is a large luxury automobile that has been heavily customized in a garish, extravagant style to advertise its owner's wealth and importance. Image File history File links source: http://images. ... Image File history File links source: http://images. ...

These vehicles were popular with pimps and drug dealers in the ghettos of large cities of the US, especially New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles, as a symbol of their power in the community. Later the term came to symbolize any large, extravagant automobile used to impress. A pimp is a man who forces or pressures women into prostitution, often street prostitution, in order to profit from their earnings. ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... A ghetto is an area where people from a specific ethnic background or united in a given culture or religion live as a group, voluntarily or involuntarily, in milder or stricter seclusion. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, and the most densely populated major city in North America. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... This article is about the largest city in California. ...

They were made popular in blaxploitation films like Superfly, The Mack, and Willie Dynamite as well as mainstream films like Magnum Force, D.C. Cab, Escape From New York, and the James Bond movie Live and Let Die. In later days they also appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Undercover Brother. Blaxploitation is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation”. It is a film genre which emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience. ... Post of film Superfly is a 1972 (see 1972 in film) blaxploitation film known primarily for its soundtrack by soul singer Curtis Mayfield (see Superfly (soundtrack)). In fact, Superfly is the only movie ever to have been outgrossed by its soundtrack. ... The Mack is a 1970s blaxploitation movie starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. ... Willie Dynamite is a blaxploitation film which features Roscoe Orman (of Sesame Street fame) as a pimp who lives the life. This film, unlike Superfly, is more dramatic to which someone intervenes. ... Film cover for Magnum Force Magnum Force was the first of the sequels to the film Dirty Harry starring Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan. ... D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Live and Let Die is the second James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1954. ... Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 comedy film. ... Promotional poster for Undercover Brother Undercover Brother is a 2002 comedy film that stars comedian Eddie Griffin. ...

The cars were not props. The Cadillac Eldorado driven By Youngblood Priest in Superfly was actually owned by KC, a local pimp who allowed them to use the car in exchange for a minor role in the film. He appears in the nightclub scene as a customer (in the opening credit it says "and introducing: KC"). In the film Escape From New York (1981), the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes as the film's villain) has a 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood decked with chandeliers and a goddess hood ornament, along with a disco ball hanging from the rear view mirror. The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2003. ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes (born August 20, 1942 in Covington, Tennessee) is an influential American soul singer, songwriter, musician and arranger. ... A mirrored disco ball A disco ball, mirror ball, or ball mirror is a roughly spherical structure that reflects light directed at it in many directions, producing a complicated and hard-to-anticipate display. ...

The conversions became popular with Americans of many races, and several companies manufactured kits to convert late-model cars to pimpmobiles.

The most popular cars for this customization were Cadillacs and Lincolns, especially the Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Continental produced between 1971 and 1978. One notable exception is the "Corvorado" used in Live and Let Die, which was a Chevrolet Corvette with Eldorado body panels. Conversion was done by many custom cars shops across the country such as George Barris, E & G Classics and Auto Gard, Inc. as well as many smaller shops. Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the United States; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ... Lincoln Limousine used by President Calvin Coolidge, c. ... 1948 Lincoln Continental Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Lincoln Continental Lincoln Continental is a name that has been used several times by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company for a line of luxury cars. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Live and Let Die is the second James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1954. ... French steam corvette Dupleix (1856-1887) Canadian corvettes on antisubmarine convoy escort duty during World War II. A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, smaller than a frigate. ... Two men called George Barris were prominent in the latter half of the twentieth century for their links to the Hollywood entertainment community. ...

1972 Corvorado from "Live and Let Die"
1972 Corvorado from "Live and Let Die"

Probably the most famous pimpmobile fabricator was Les Dunham of Dunham Coachworks in Boonton, NJ. Les built the cars in Superfly, as well as the "Corvorado" and the Cadillac Fleetwood in the James Bond film. Image File history File links 1972 Dunham Corvado in screenshot from the James Bond film Live and let Die File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links 1972 Dunham Corvado in screenshot from the James Bond film Live and let Die File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Boonton is a town located in Morris County, New Jersey which was chartered in 1867. ... Nj can stand for: nj (letter), the 20th letter of the Albanian alphabet Nj, Њ or Nje letter, the 17th letter of the Cyrillic alphabet in Serbian language The two-letter abbreviation for the state of New Jersey, United States Napierville Junction Railway (AAR reporting mark NJ) The pen name of... The Fleetwood name was used on the top of the Cadillac line since 1927. ...

Typically, a pimpmobile conversion included round headlight covers (commonly known as "Superfly" headlights), grille caps (these are still produced by D&G for Cadillac Escalades), a 1941 goddess hood ornament, lake pipes, and thick-padded vinyl tops, wide whitewall tires, custom stereo(loud), custom paint in non-traditional colors like purple or orange, shagg or velour interiors and even crystal chandeliers. In California, custom hydraulic suspensions (as usual with the Lowrider) were also popular. 1961 Chevrolet Impala LowRider A lowrider is a car or truck which has had its suspension system modified (usually with hydraulic suspension) so that it rides as low to the ground as possible. ...

Large luxury sedans have been on a decline since the early 1980s where sport utilities (SUVs) such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator have been used for pimpmobile conversions. Imports, including Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce (Archbishop Don "Magic" Juan has a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in his vehicle collection besides Cadillacs), and Lexus have replaced large cars as later day pimpmobiles. 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Cadillac Escalade The Escalade is a large sport utility vehicle (or SUV) sold by the General Motors luxury brand, Cadillac. ... The Navigator is a luxurious Lincoln cousin to the Ford Expedition full-size SUV. Introduced in 1998, the Navigator has proven extremely popular, comprising 40% of the American luxury SUV market in 2001. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... The Rolls Royce logo Rolls-Royce is a set of several companies, all deriving from the British automobile and aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Henry Royce and C.S. Rolls in 1906. ... Image:Bishop DMJ.jpg Don Magic Juan is an American hip-hop artist, actor, and self-proclaimed (or reformed) pimp from Chicago, Illinois who is an ordained minister in real life (as an ordained minister, he has counseled former pimps where a majority have made the transition out of illegal... Lexus is a Japanese brand name used by the Toyota Motor Corporation for such export markets as North America, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, for luxury automobiles. ...

The TV show Pimp My Ride would usually customize a vehicle other than a Cadillac or Lincoln. The vehicles created were "pimped" or extravagantly customized, but not always made into classic pimpmobiles. Pimp My Ride logo Pimp My Ride is a TV show originally shown on MTV, with the first episode airing on March 4, 2004. ...

"Pimpmobile" is incidentally the word that Bender (from the Futurama series) uses sixth most often

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The Pimpmobile is the car that Your Holiness the Pimp rides in when he makes his rare public appearances.
Due to stress caused by the noneasiness of pimpin', the Pimpmobile must be comfortable.
The Pimpmobile also features electronics including a DVD player and a PlayStation 2, so that after the Pimp has done his daily job of communicating the word of God to the people, he may watch Full Metal Jacket and play some Grand Theft Auto.
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