Ask any car buff and they’ll tell you that the right car can be a piece of art. While that may sound like hyperbole, it can also be true — literally. Need proof? Check out the 1979 BMW M1 that Andy Warhol painted just before it raced at Le Mans.
The Bavarian automaker has just released a new photoset featuring the artful sports car to celebrate its 40th birthday. Shot by Stephan Bauer, the winner of the company’s “Shootout 2018” contest, the photos make clear why BMW Art Car Number Four is still the most famous entry in the project.
Each year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week are the biggest indicator of what is happening in the classic car marketplace, especially at the sharp end of the hobby where collector cars trade for millions of dollars. Again this year, there will be six sales taking place during Monterey Car Week, and so many cars have been consigned that RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams each has added an extra day, Bonhams auction at The Quail Lodge a two-day event and RM Sotheby’s in downtown Monterey spanning three days, starting with a Night with Aston Martin single-marque sale. (Image: RM Sotheby’s)
Singer is the big name in the business when it comes to classic Porsche sports cars with modern engineering, but the French have something to say about that. Ateliers Diva is the name, and it rebuilds classic Porsches with a very modern twist — as in, the company goes down to the car’s structure and rebuild using carbon fiber. For example, take this 964-generation 911. (Image: Motor Authority)
It doesn’t look like much now, with tools placed on its unfinished frame, but Mike Lindstrom’s 1961 Impala should look very different when he’s finished customizing it. That’s why tools are placed on the unfinished frame. “I’m doing some customizing to it, putting ‘63-style Corvette taillights in it,” said Lindstrom at his garage along Wright Street near his Marquette Township home. He also is customizing the grill area and door handles, and plans a paint job: an emerald green “Cadillac” color with a white pearl gold roof.
The 1990s was a great decade for the proliferation of supercars. Suddenly, all sorts of manufacturers big and small decided to produce cars that were previously built by a small group of Italian companies. For every McLaren F1, there was at least two more that languished in obscurity.