The very first BMW Art Car, a 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, is a highlight of a class of 3.0 CSLs at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend.
The original in the legendary series of BMW Art Cars is the highlight of the BMW CSL class at 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 racecar driver and art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch, then-director of BMW Motorsport, asked artist friend Alexander Calder to design an automobile. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL which competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Poulain and American Sam Posey. Also included in the class are both the BMW CSLs that won the 1975 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 1976 Daytona 24 Hour race.