Roy Lichtenstein's BMW Art Car

BMW Art Car No. 3, the 1977 320i Group 5 Race Version by Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the most popular of all the Art Cars. Lichtenstein said of his design, 'I wanted the lines I painted to be a depiction the road showing the car where to go. The design also shows the countryside through which the car has travelled. One could call it an enumeration of everything a car experiences – only that this car reflects all of these things before actually having been on a road.' If you look closely you can see the landscape he describes.

After its completion, Roy Lichtenstein's Art Car was able to celebrate its premiere twice – as a work of art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and as a racing car in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in June 1977. The car was driven by Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot from France. The car with the number 50 achieved a ninth place overall and finished first in its class. Source: BMW Group