Calder's 1975 Art Car on display.
The original in the legendary series of BMW Art Cars was the non-competing star of the 2014 Amelia Concours d‘Elegance. For over 40 years, the BMW Art Car Collection has captured the imagination of art and design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology with its unique combination of fine art and innovative automobile technology.
The collection first started when French race car driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch, then-director of BMW Motorsport, asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to paint an automobile for BMW Motorsport.
The outcome was a work of art celebrating the BMW 3.0 CSL which competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Poulain and American Sam Posey.
That was the time when a racing driver would combine the strong emotions of car racing and art creations.