Art cars have long had a history with BMW; after all, one of the most famous of these creatively designed models was made by Jeff Koons when he not only decked a BMW M3 GT2 in full artistic regalia but also proceeded to race it at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it eventually crashed.
Now new BMW Art Car, one for the BMW 3-Series, was unveiled recently. This one, though, doesn’t have ties to BMW; instead, it’s the work of a BMW dealership from the Czech Republic in collaboration with local artist, Andy Reiben. It’s quite psychedelic, if we do say so ourselves.
We all know that graphic designs on a car’s body are what make an art car. Forget about engine upgrades; these models are all about aesthetic enhancements and while some have failed in capturing our imaginations, others have succeeded in doing so.
And as far as details are concerned, the work done on this 3-Series, which has been re-christened as "Fluidum,” is pretty spectacular. The first order of business was to wrap the 3-Series in matte vinyl. From there, Reiben generously sprayed copious amounts of paint before finalizing the colorful details with a brush to go with a glow-in-the-dark treatment.
Pretty sweet art car, if you ask us, something Reiben should be very proud of. Heck, if this car ended up for sale, we might take a crack at purchasing it.
Or at least take lots of pictures with it.
Click past the jump to see a pair of BMW Art Cars that have graced our presence over the years.
Gallery BMW 3 Series Sedan
The aforementioned M3 GT2 Art Car by Jeff Koons. Not only did it generate significant interest for looking pretty snazzy in trying to convey images of race cars, related graphics, vibrant colors, speed and explosions, but it also raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, it didn’t have quite the result it was looking for, but for what it’s worth, this art car remains one of the best of its kind ever created.
Gallery BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
Late last year, the Umm Al Nar dealership in Abu Dhabi decided to bring to create a special 6-Series Gran Coupe Art Car. It was built as part of the "Road is your Easel" art event and featured a splash of colors that started with a purple and blue treatment on the front end before an abstract string of designs and colors take over and extend all the way to the rear.