I’m all for raising money for charity, especially charities that do good work like Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. I appreciate fine art as much as the next barbarian with a wrench in his pocket, and I understand that this car was painted by pop artist Damian Hirst. I should look at it more as fine art than transportation, because it will most likely sit on display in a museum somewhere. I know that the owner is buying one of the first A1s, which have so far been released only in Germany. Still, I can’t get my mind around the fact that someone paid over $525,000 for a paint-bombed pink commuter car.
Maybe I’d have an easier time with it if it were a car I’d actually want to drive, like an Audi R8. The A1 will have less power than a Mini Cooper S, so even if the handling is on par, it won’t be as entertaining to drive. The car isn’t ugly, but as art goes, I wouldn’t exactly be clearing a space in my living room for it. And let’s talk about the art for a second; spin painting stops being art after your trip to the state fair at age seven. If this constitutes fine art, I’m going out and buying a paintball gun today, because I should be able to make a mint on the weekends. Not to be critical, but the car looks like the unholy alliance of Thai food, too many umbrella drinks and too much Pepto Bismol.