BMW M1 Procar Racer – BMW Art Car #4, Andy Warhol – 1979

BMW M1 Procar Racer - BMW Art Car #4, Andy Warhol - 1979

Sometimes the only way to high art is through deep pockets.

Perhaps this occurred to Andy Warhol when BMW asked him to paint its M1 Group 4 race car in 1977. Warhol, already a superstar, was constantly fascinated with the melding of the commercial and the artistic. BMW was happily molding America as its largest export market.

In the past 40 years, there have been just 17 BMW Art Cars, on average one every three years. Out of all of its Art Cars, this M1 — already nearly priceless as an automobile, let alone one breathed upon by the most recognizable name in modern art — is BMW’s most expensive and valuable. Recently, it was shown for just two days at Paris Photo LA at Paramount Studios, the prestigious art festival’s first foray outside France.

It was there that we spoke with Thomas Girst, whose official title is "Head of … Read More

2005 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

2005 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

860 bhp, 6,262 cc rear-mounted longitudinal 65-degree V-12 engine with Bosch Motronic ME7 electronic fuel injection, six-speed electro-hydraulic semi-automatic transmission, front and rear independent pushrod suspension with unequal length wishbones, coil-over springs, and manually adjustable telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.3 in.

•The first customer FXX produced
•Single ownership from new; used at only three Corse Clienti events
•Upgraded with the Evoluzione package by the factory
•One of Ferrari’s rarest and most exclusive automobiles; a track-day titan

The performance car industry was characterized in the mid-2000s by a supercar battle royale that raged between Europe’s most prestigious automotive manufacturers. Porsche’s Carrera GT, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren , and the Ferrari Enzo were all vying to be crowned king of the supercars. All three were capable of speeds over 200 mph and 0–60 times in the low three-second range, and they looked like nothing else on … Read More

De Havilland DH98 Mosquito (1941) and Aston Martin Ulster Roadster (1936)

De Havilland DH98 Mosquito (1941) and Aston Martin Ulster Roadster (1936)

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-job beat plane with a two-gentleman crew that served for the duration of and soon after the Next Entire world War. It was a person of few operational front-line plane of the period constructed just about totally of wood and was nicknamed “The Wood Question”. The Mosquito was also acknowledged affectionately as the “Mossie” to its crews. Originally conceived as an unarmed quick bomber, the Mosquito was adapted to roles including small to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude evening bomber, pathfinder, day or evening fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike plane, and quick photo-reconnaissance plane. It was also applied by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a quick transport to have little high-benefit cargoes to, and from, neutral nations, by way of enemy-managed airspace.

When the Mosquito started creation in 1941, it was a person of the swiftest operational plane in the … Read More

Aston Martin Ulster Roadster (1936)

Aston Martin Ulster Roadster (1936)

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-job fight plane with a two-guy crew that served through and just after the Next Earth War. It was one particular of several operational front-line plane of the period built pretty much completely of wood and was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”. The Mosquito was also regarded affectionately as the “Mossie” to its crews. Initially conceived as an unarmed rapid bomber, the Mosquito was adapted to roles together with minimal to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, large-altitude night time bomber, pathfinder, day or night time fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike plane, and rapid picture-reconnaissance plane. It was also utilised by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a rapid transport to have modest large-benefit cargoes to, and from, neutral nations, as a result of enemy-controlled airspace.

When the Mosquito began production in 1941, it was one particular of the swiftest operational plane in the … Read More