BMW V12 LMR Art Car

Welcome to another chapter of the BMW Art Car series, where we look at the intimidating yet minimalistic approach of Jenny Holzer’s project, using a BMW V12 LMR as her starting point. » 9/04/13 1:18pm 9/04/13 1:18pm

For $750, This Is A MiniVanGogh

The Simpsons' Mr. Burns once famously said of his unflattering portrait "You know, I'm no art critic, but I know what I hate. And... I don't hate this." Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Voyager Art Van offers a lot not to hate, and it's up to you to say whether that includes its price. » 2/05/13 8:00am 2/05/13 8:00am

For $2,200, May The Farce Be With You

Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Star Wars fangasm contender Pontiac may not be officially sanctioned by George Lucas, but it's sure a hell of a lot more fun to look at than The Phantom Menace. Of course, it's completely up to you whether it's worth the price of admission. » 9/04/12 8:00am 9/04/12 8:00am

We're Going To Do Weird Things With Cars

Back in 2008, I conned Make: magazine into sponsoring me and three other car guys and artists to enter a car in the 24 Hours of LeMons. The way I convinced them was pretty simple: car people and DIY/maker people have lots in common, but the two groups don't have as much interaction as you'd think they would. I'd like… » 6/14/12 4:00pm 6/14/12 4:00pm

Canadian Cayenne Copiously Covered In Crap

In the art-car world, the entry-level project is to simply glue a bunch of crap to your car. It doesn't take too much skill or effort, and can really inject some personality in your rusty '93 Corolla. If you actually have a vision and some talent, it can even turn out pretty cool. The one hard and fast rule, though,… » 5/28/12 3:00pm 5/28/12 3:00pm

The homemade E30 M3 Art Car

Know what's awesome? BMW's art cars, which combine huge artist's names with bright colors and plenty of Ms. Know what else is awesome? E30 M3s that still get raced. That means this car, built by a Jalopnik reader and destined for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, will blow your mind. » 11/21/11 10:00am 11/21/11 10:00am

Fire-shooting Octopus Car almost redeems Burning Man

Not all of the vehicles present at last week's Burning Man Art Conference and Business Workshop were RV campers inhabited by radical CEOs. Some of the things-on-wheels that people drove around the desert were actually quite artistic and inspired! This fire-shooting steampunk octopus, complete with moving arms and… » 9/06/11 7:30am 9/06/11 7:30am

The first art car

Although we would argue every BMW 3.0 CSL ever produced was a work of art, this particular example was the first to be used by an artist as a canvas. Alexander Calder was asked by friend and racing driver Herve Poulain to leave his mark on this 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL which was to be raced at Le Mans. This CSL was one of… » 3/19/11 12:30pm 3/19/11 12:30pm

For $1,500, The Art Limo Asks You to Give This Lincoln a Shot

Art isn't just a guy with no arms and no legs hanging on your wall. And as today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Lincoln Limo proves, it's also in the eye of the beholder. » 1/20/11 8:00am 1/20/11 8:00am

Wenches On Street-Legal Pirate Ship Ready To Keelhaul Denver

You see all sorts of desert pirate ships at Burning Man, but most of those machines can't roll on public roads. Come to Denver, however, and you might find this Chevrolet-truck-based vessel raising the Jolly Roger in your rear-view mirror! » 7/24/10 3:00pm 7/24/10 3:00pm

Artist Builds Amazing Vintage Racer From Cardboard And Hot Glue

Denny Hulme's 1969 Can-Am victory in a McLaren M8B was one of the high points of motorsport for enthusiast Bob Rubin, who commissioned artist Chris Gilmour to make this amazing full-scale M8 from cardboard and hot glue. » 6/17/10 2:30pm 6/17/10 2:30pm

1969 Ford Mustang

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's one for the Mustang purists! » 4/04/10 9:00am 4/04/10 9:00am

The WhaleMobile Yugo Is Back, Now Priced At Just $150!

Remember the $500 Yugo-turned-whale from last summer? Sure, you wanted to buy it for daily-driver use, but the price was just too high. Avast on the poop deck, maties, because Queequeg done 'pooned the price tag! » 4/03/10 6:00pm 4/03/10 6:00pm

Malaise Era Artisto-Hoons Go Gravity-Powered In 1975 Artists' Soapbox…

The Illegal Soapbox Derby in San Francisco was fun, but what if the city had actually sponsored the cars? Well, that's just what happened 35 years ago! » 1/31/10 2:00pm 1/31/10 2:00pm

Yugo-Based Whalemobile Could Be Yours For Just 500 Bucks!

Hacking up a hail-damaged car and turning it into a giant, highway-capable whale is one thing… but when your Whalemobile started live as a Yugo cabriolet, you're entering an alternate dimension of awesomeness! » 7/25/09 7:30am 7/25/09 7:30am

Mercedes Pens Art Car Baffles, Entertains At Maker Faire

Like just about all my friends, I decided to cross the Bay and head over to the Maker Faire last weekend. That's where I saw the Mercedes Pens. » 6/06/09 2:30pm 6/06/09 2:30pm

Fireballs, Accordions, And Art Cars At Oakland's Boiler Bar

I headed over to West Oakland last night, to check out the Boiler Bar May Day Party, featuring a slew of art cars and a few of the contestants from the Escape From Berkeley race. » 5/03/09 8:45pm 5/03/09 8:45pm

Fun With Fireballs, Handmade Hooch, And Art Cars In West Oakland…

Want to check out the Golden Mean, a fire-belching Volkswagen Beetle-based giant snail that seats six and packs an 800-watt sound system inside its shell? With snake charming to boot? Head to Oakland tonight! » 5/02/09 10:00am 5/02/09 10:00am