BMW Art Cars

Frank Stella

Frank Stella, Art Car, 1976 – BMW 3.0 CSL

Ken Done

Ken Done, Art Car, 1989 – BMW M3 group A racing version

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Art Car, 1977 – BMW 320i group 5 racing version

Andy Warhold

Andy Warhol, Art Car, 1979 – BMW M1 group 4 racing version

Since 1975, BMW has been having iconic artists designing one-off paint schemes for their cars. In addition to the Warhol, Lichtenstein, Done and Stella cars above, I’ll be uploading designs by A.R. Penck, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Matazo Kayama and Jenny Holzer as they become available.

I love the combination of art and engineering; each of the above cars (in racing livery) were technological marvels and successful racers. BMW’s designs, even without the arty paint, are timeless.

Also worth checking: BMW Global hosts an interesting “BMW Culture” site. Perhaps this–despite their weird new campaign–is one of the reasons why they are doing so well amidst a sea of failing automakers. That their cars are pretty good probably helps a bit too.

All photos © 2003 BMW AG, München, Deutschland