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BMW 3.0 CSL art car - Alexander Calder 1975

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Created by American sculptor Alexander Calder for his friend Herve Poulain, the BMW 3.0 CSL became the first piece of art of an exclusive and unique collection: the BMW art cars.

Calder’s design of the BMW 3.0 CSL race car was the first Art Car ever and one of his last works of art before he died in 1976.


1975 BMW 3.0 CSL E9 Group 2 race car technical specifications
Type
3.0 CSL E9 race car
Engine
Code
M49
Displacement
3210cc
Cylinders
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Power
358kW | 480HP
Torque@RPM
-
Performance
Top Speed
291km/h | 181mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph
-
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
City
-
Highway
-
Combined
-

Dimensions
Length
-
Width
-
Height
-

Calder's friend, Herve Poulain, a French auctioneer and race driver, asked him to commission a rolling canvas on the BMW 3.0 CSL he would race at Le Mans 24 Hours race.

An engineer and sculptor, Calder’s challenge was creating his own "artistic stamp" on something that he did not produce and sculpt himself. His rendition of the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car boasts powerful colors and attractive curving expanses, which he applied generously to the wings, hood and roof. Calder saw his art in action when he attended the Le Mans 24-hour race as a guest to witness his work’s premiere.

Source: BMW Group

Alexander Calder - The Artist

Born in 1898 in Philadelphia, legendary American artist Alexander Calder began his career as an engineer. But art soon won out over engineering (Calder's father and grandfather were both sculptors). At 28, Calder moved to Paris, where he came into contact with the avant-garde scene. Drawn to both art and technology, he developed a uniquely individual style of sculpture. His often large-scale pieces have a buoyant, whimsical effect, and are painted in cheery primary colors. Often mobile sculptures, they combine Calder's love of art with his knowledge of engineering. His most famous works of abstract art entitled “Mobiles” were viewed as the most innovative sculptures of the 20 th century.

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