Art car

  • Katrin Fridriks Art Bentley

    Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks applied a subtle, flowing paint scheme to a Bentley Continental GT to create a one-of-a-kind art car.

  • Lamborghini Art Car
    Original Lamborghini art car bows at Monterey Car Week

    Lamborghini's art car could portend a new level of personalization from the raging bull.

  • Audi R8 disintegrating artwork
    Disintegrating Audi R8 artwork is our kind of decor

    Audi commissioned artist Fabian Oefner to create a "disintegrating" portrait of the Audi R8 in celebration of the car's V-10 engine.

  • Lexus LFA Art Car celebrates 10 years of F performance division
    Lexus LFA art car celebrates 10 years of F performance brand

    It's been 10 years since Lexus adopted the letter "F" to designate the brand's most performance-oriented models, and to celebrate, a special LFA will be unveiled this weekend at Belgium's 24 Hours of Spa. The Lexus LFA art car, with a livery designed by Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques, also...

  • 2018 Abt R8 art car
    Abt Sportsline readies Audi R8 art car for 2018 Wörthersee Tour

    Attendees of this year's Wörthersee Tour tuning fest in Austria will be treated to the unveiling of an Audi R8 art car crafted by top tuner Abt Sportsline. Responsible for the design is cartoonist Timo Würz, who went with the theme “Nun meets Abt,” with Abt in this case being...

  • John Baldessari BMW M6 GT3 Art Car
    BMW’s latest Art Car is the John Baldessari M6 GT3

    It was in 1975 that French racer and art lover Hervé Poulain in collaboration with BMW’s motorsport boss at the time, Jochen Neerpasch, asked artist Alexander Calder to design the livery for a race car. The result was a colorful BMW 3.0 CSL, which in 1975 raced at the 24 Hours of Le...

  • BMW M6 GT3, the base model for the 18th and 19th BMW Art Car

    Off and on since 1975, BMW has seen one of its race cars turned into an art car. It all started when French racing driver Hervé Poulain turned to his artist friend Alexander Calder for a new design on a car. The resulting BMW 3.0 CSL became an instant hit when it zipped around the Circuit De La Sarthe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. Now there's going to be another art car, two in fact, and the designs will be handled by John Baldessari and Cao Fei. Baldessari is the older artist to undertake an art car, while Fei is the youngest, with the pair having birth years of 1931 and 1978...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GTE art car by Tobias Rahberger
    Aston Martin Art Car To Compete In This Weekend’s 2015 24 Hours Of Le Mans

    Aston Martin has revealed a special new livery for the number 97 Vantage GTE race car that will be competing in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the highlight of the 2015 World Endurance Championship. Designed by artist Tobias Rahberger, it uses various optical effects to make the...

  • 40 Years of BMW Art Cars
    BMW Takes Show On The Road To Celebrate 40 Years Of Art Cars

    Racing livery is an art in itself. And there have always been folks—like hippies—who've been prone to give their cars wild paint schemes, but the idea of the proper "art car" began with BMW. MUST WATCH: Audi RS 6 Driver Runs Red Light, Gets Smacked By Tram: Video Nearly four decades...

  • ‘3D Camaro’ by Ioan Florea
    Artist Turns 1983 Camaro Z/28 Into Non-Functional Hippy Coral Reef

    The topography of the automotive art world is as varied as Malibu's famous canyon roads—lots of highs and lots of lows. The pinnacle is populated by greats like Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol—both did fantastic work with BMW—and the nadir by execrable carnival barkers like the pompous...

  • Duaiv Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Images via Lamoborghini Miami.
    Duaiv & Lamborghini Of Miami Team Up For Aventador Roadster Art Car: Gallery

    You may not know who French musician and painter Duaiv is, but you will certainly remember him now. Armed with fierce creativity and unique vision Duaiv has created one of the most striking art cars in recent memory, using the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster as his canvas. ALSO SEE: Lamborghini...

  • Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car
    BMW Art Car Book Brings High-Performance Art To Your Coffee Table

    BMW will commemorate its Art Car collection with a new book.

  • Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2 Art Car

    In 1975, French racer and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked artist Alexander Calder, a personal friend, to design a motif for an “already perfect object.” Calder worked his magic on a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, later entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the seeds of the BMW Art Car project were sown. In the year’s since, some of the world’s greatest artists have worked their magic on various BMW models. Roy Lichtenstein painted a BMW 320i Turbo in 1977, Andy Warhol made over a BMW M1 Group 4 in 1979, Rober Rauscheberg reworked a 635 CSi in 1986 and, most recently, Jeff Koons...

  • Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car 1:18 scale model
    Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Scale Models Up For Sale

    Buying one of BMW’s official Art Cars is near impossible as most of them have been retained by the automaker for its own museum. However, the sale of a BMW Art Car to Joe Public isn’t without precedent; you may recall that the 1979 BMW M1 Art Car was recently sold to Jonathan Sobel...

  • 1979 BMW M1 Art Car
    1979 BMW M1 Art Car Acquired By BMW Dealer, Staying In New York

    Finding an original BMW M1 up for sale is already next-to-impossible, though there are some around as we’ve seen in the past. But just imagine how rare it would be to come across the actual 1979 BMW M1 Art Car on the selling block. Well, the Guggenheim Museum in New York sold an original 1979...

  • Interior of Cadillac Escalade in faux Murakami fabric (photo by Luis Gispert)
    In Next-Gen Art Cars, Fashion & Obsession Collide

    When you think of art cars, you probably think of BMW rides commissioned from visionaries like Andy Warhol and Jenny Holzer. Or maybe you think of homegrown models, bedecked with plastic army figurines and Mardi Gras beads. But photographer Luis Gispert has found another variety of art car -- one...

  • Fiat Source iPad App
    2012 FIAT 500 Apple iPad App Is A Source Of All Knowledge

    The 2012 FIAT 500 is one of the most distinctive cars on the road. The car has been on sale in Europe for a few years now and they're already everywhere, and early impressions are good in America too. If you've seen a few on the road and want to know more, what better way than "FIAT Source"? It's a...

  • BMW Art Car
    BMW Art Car Collection Virtual Tour: Video

    BMW is celebrating the 40th anniversary since is "international cultural commitment," (whatever that means) and it's doing it in artistic, if somewhat high-tech, fashion, with a "virtual video tour" of its 17 art cars. Documenting the origin, history, and development of the 17 art cars, each...

  • Papercraft Audi A7

    The 2011 Audi A7 might be big but it isn't particularly heavy for its size. Weighing in at around 3,900 pounds it's around 300 pounds lighter than its rival the BMW 5-Series GT despite the Quattro drivetrain. You can thank the part aluminum construction for that. Still, it could be lighter. And smaller. Maybe even made of paper. Okay, so artist Tarasa Lesko's papercraft Audi A7 won't get you to the shops in all weathers (in fact, it'd probably struggle a little in rain. Or a light breeze...) but it's certainly impressive. Tarasa made the paper replica using 285 sheets of paper printed with...

  • Tesla Roadster art car by Laurence Gartel
    Tesla Follows BMW’s Lead And Rolls Out Roadster Art Car

    If you were thinking this psychedelic paint scheme on this Tesla Roadster looks familiar then you would be thinking straight as the design is very similar to the one on BMW’s own art car revealed back in June. However, the Tesla is the latest creation of artist Laurence Gartel who transformed...

  • Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car on track at Le Mans
    BMW M3 GT2 Jeff Koons Art Car Makes Le Mans Track Debut

    Ever since BMW announced Jeff Koons as the artist for the 35th anniversary BMW art car, the anticipation for its eventual racing debut has been high. This week, the car has done exactly that, with the colorful M3 GT2 taking to the track at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 78th running of the 24...

  • Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
    Jeff Koons BMW M3 GT2 Art Car Revealed

    The latest addition to BMW's tradition of art cars will make its debut in Paris before racing at Le Mans.

  • BMW Art Car
    Artist Jeff Koons Picked For 35th Anniversary BMW Art Car

    Internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Koons has been announced as the next in a long line of artists who will be creating a BMW Art Car in what is the 35th anniversary year of the program. Since 1975, artists from around the world have turned BMW cars into art, signifying a particular period...

  • One of the MINI "Wash Me" art cars

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