BMW Individual 740Li by Esther Mahlangu Is an Art Car… on the Inside

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BMW art cars are nothing new, with the Bavarian brand offering us many visual delights along the years.

The first woman to create artwork on a BMW car is Esther Mahlangu, a South African artist who used bright colors and ornamental shapes typical of the Ndebele art to put her mark on a 525i Sedan 25 years ago. Now, BMW has invited her to adorn another BMW vehicle, a 740 Li sedan.

This time, however, Mahlangu focused on the interior of the vehicle, painting her characteristic motifs on the car's wood ornaments. BMW Individual Manufacture provided her with a special white-colored fine-wood trim that was sealed after being painted to ensure it will stand the test of time.

"The patterns I have used on the BMW parts marry tradition to the essence of BMW. When BMW sent me the panels to paint, I could see the design in my head and I just wanted to get started!" said Esther Mahlangu.

Although the painted wood panels are the highlight of the 740Li, the right-hand drive vehicle adds many features from the BMW Individual Collection. These include 20-inch light alloy wheels in V-spoke styling, a Pure Metal Silver exterior color, full fine-grain Merino leather in Smoke White/Black, as well as a leather steering wheel with piano black trim.

The one-off BMW 740 Li will have its public debut at the Frieze Art Fair (October 5- 9) in Regent's Park, London, where it will be offered for silent auction.