Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW's Art Cars

#BMW, #M3

1989 BMW M3 Group A by Ken Done

BMW Art Car # 8 - 1989 M3 Group A by Ken Done

1989 marked a milestone for the Art Car program, as it was the first instance where BMW commissioned two examples in a single year -- both based off race-spec forms of its awesome first-generation M3.

1989 BMW M3 Group A by Ken Done

Done wanted to pay tribute to his homeland, but didn’t resort to transforming the M3 racer into a piece of Papunya art. Instead, he incorporated parrots and parrot fish -- native species of Australia -- and also found inspiration in the car’s speedy history. Like Nelson’s M3, it too had previously been raced -- in fact, Jim Richards won the Group A Australian Driver’s Championship in 1987 with this very car.

“I have painted parrots and parrot fish,” said Done. “Both are beautiful and move at an incredible speed. I wanted my BMW Art Car to express the same thing.”

Interesting tradition from BNW. my favorite is the 92 3-series(#13), but the old flame motif in the 82 (#3) is nicely done too. The design in #15 must have been thought up the night before. interesting article.
Very well written and researched article!!
Great article!! I never thought of cars as art but this discussion helped me to appreciate what these artists did. Very cool!

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price


new cars

Read Related Articles