For Andy Warhol to paint an automobile seems a natural. His studio was known as a factory and his greatest fame came from portraying Campbell’s Soup cans.
All previous Art Car artists created their designs on 1:5 scale models, called maquettes, and had technicians reproduce their designs on the real cars. Warhol insisted on painting the real M1 himself.
He is reported to have spent all of 23 minutes painting the car. He ran his fingers through the paint to leave a personal touch.
When asked if he was pleased with the end result, he replied, “I love the car; it’s better than the work of art itself.”
The car raced only once, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979, driven by Manfred Winkelhock (Germany) and the Frenchmen Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot. It placed sixth overall and second in class.