Blake, a leading British pop artist who is sometimes best remembered for designing the sleeve for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, has given the V8 S Convertible a multi-coloured paint job that features a giant heart on the bonnet.
The car will go up for sale at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction in June, with all proceeds going to Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the world. Expect it to raise a lot more than the £164,800 sticker price of a regular V8 S Convertible.
Other art cars
Blake’s Continental is not the first art car to grab the attention of the industry. Some of the most famous art cars have come from BMW, with several of its Le Mans racing entries wearing multi-coloured paint jobs created by famous artists of yesteryear. The first BMW Art Car - a 1975 3.0 CSL - was created by Alexander Calder.
More recently, Tesla collaborated with digital artist Laurence Gartel, who wrapped every body panel of a Roadster with a digital swirl design "to break ground in the automotive and art worlds".
Then Citroën sought help from contemporary artist Francoise Nielly to create its Survolt Art Car concept, which was displayed in the car maker’s C_42 showroom in Paris.
In 2014 Mini decorated a Cooper hatchback with Tron-inspired lines, inspired by the 2010 film Tron: Legacy and its 1980s predecessor. The Mini ‘DeLux’ was created by Alex Coyle, who had entered his design into a competition.
Last year Aston Martin entered a Tobias Rehberger-designed art car into Le Mans. The Vantage GTE received an abstract design with optical effects, distorting perception and making the number 97 car one of the most striking on the grid.
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