Mobile Masterpieces: The History of BMW's Art Cars

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.”

soupedupmoe
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.
gep10
Very well written and researched article!!
carmom
Great article!! I never thought of cars as art but this discussion helped me to appreciate what these artists did. Very cool!

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