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BMW M1 ‘Art Cars’

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Reference: 5860

A pair of 1:5 scale BMW M1 models, one hand-painted, the other un-decorated. Of fibreglass construction. German, circa 1980.

The idea of a decorated “art car” was conceived by renowned French auctioneer, racing driver and pioneer automobile art collector Herve Poulain in 1975 when he commissioned his friend Alexander Calder to decorate his BMW 3.0 CSL Le Mans entry.

Calder’s work was succeeded by Frank Stella (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1976) and Roy Lichtenstein (BMW 320i Turbo, 1977) before Andy Warhol dramatically decorated Poulain’s 1979 Le Mans entry, the BMW M1. The models offered here were amongst those issued to various famous artists by BMW to decorate as they wished. The identity of this artist here is still being researched, and the other model of course remains un-decorated.

Length (with spoiler): 36 inches (92 cms)
Length (without spoiler): 34 inches (87 cms).

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