Since “art” is such a broad term and means something different for every individual, pinpointing what constitutes car art is difficult. But in short, any piece of art featuring a vehicle of some sort is considered car art. If your friend paints a canvas depicting his beloved 2006 Hyundai Tucson in all its rugged glory, it's car art! Alternatively, if your niece draws an impressive Cadillac Escalade on a restaurant tablecloth with multi-colored crayons, guess what — it's also car art!
Now just because it is considered art doesn't necessarily mean someone will pay to own it. However, buyers with an eye for unique pieces have no problem trading in a couple of paychecks for artwork created by a passionate artist. There are plenty of gearheads willing to spend thousands for a bit of car art worthy of hanging in their home.
Where Can You Place Car Art?
Perhaps you're an auto aficionado who loves to decorate their bedroom walls with all things motor-related. Or maybe you're living with such a person and want to quench their auto fixation with some tasteful decor. Whatever your situation may be, rest assured that your garage or basement-turned-Batcave isn't the only place for your car art.
Art does one of two things in a room: it ties the room's color schemes together or acts as a stand-alone centerpiece. For instance, let's say your living room's color scheme is white, black, and red. A large painting or piece of wall art with contrasting colors will bring your guests' eyes to the wall. Before long your guests are commenting on the gorgeous shape of that neon green Mclaren P1’s taillights, and it becomes a conversation starter. However, buying a piece with a similar color scheme will blend in seamlessly with the rest of the room’s furnishings.
With that in mind, hanging car art in any room is as easy as color matching. Suddenly, your artsy G35 poster is no longer regulated to the confines of your private office. Pair your art with frame and mat to proudly display your car art in your contemporary living space.
Deciding on a particular piece of car art depends significantly on your budget. Finding an inexpensive piece of classy car art is possible so long as you can spend time searching. However, should you find yourself in dire need of a piece of automotive art, you may shell out premium dollars. What’s more, you may not find that one particular piece of art you’re looking for. In this case, you may need to commission a piece from an artist, and this could very well set you back in the thousands.
We’ve picked out a few pieces of car art to fit a variety of budgets. It is also important to note that although there are plenty of options available online, you can also easily find plenty of pieces in-store. Visit your local art shops and studios, but also don’t forget to take a look some second-hand stores. There is always a chance someone may have dropped off a piece they grew weary of seeing. But like the old saying goes: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
How We Reviewed
Deciding which car art pieces to include in this list was a difficult task. With so many beautiful, powerful machines on (and off) the road, it was hard to choose a mere handful. However, we’ve scoured the web and highlighted a select few items. We used real customer feedback and reviews to bring you the most accurate rating possible.
List of Car Art Pieces
There is no shortage of stunning car photography available for purchase both in-store and online. While we gawk at the ability to take split-second photos of race cars and drool over pristine waxed car bodies, we decided to steer clear of these kinds of pieces. Instead, we focused mainly on graphics made (mostly) without a camera. These human-made prints took hours (if not days or weeks) to create and capture the essence of car ownership just as beautifully as still photographs.
1. Personalized Classic Car Digital Word Art
If you’re in the market for some car art for gifting, this piece in the shape of a 1965 Mustang Fastback could be just what you need. Purchase this completely personalized print for approximately $20 to $25. Before adding to your cart, enter the recipient’s name and other words you’d like included in the print. The words could be adjectives to describe their personality such as talented, independent, or loving. The ability to personalize this print makes it the perfect gift for any motorhead in your life whether it’s your girlfriend, best friend, or boss.
It is important to note that this listing is not a physical print. Instead, it is a digital file personalized by the seller. Once the seller has received the person’s name, your selection of words or phrases, they will then create the file and e-mail the customer a proof. The seller e-mails a JPEG or PNG file upon completion once they receive payment. However, the seller also has a print and ship option in their shop for customers who wish a physical printout of their car art. Sizes range from 4 inches by 6 inches to 8 inches by 10 inches. There are three “material” options: glossy, matte or linen photo paper. Prices range from $5 to $13, they vary depending on size and material.
2. Gulf Porsche 917
Few Porsches are more iconic than the 1970’s Porsche 917 in gulf powder blue and orange. Of 51 cars that started the 24 Hours of Le Mans race back in 1970, only 16 finished. Hans Hermann was one of 12 Porsche drivers who completed the competition in the beautiful 917 sporting the color combination we all know today. Whether you’re in love with the color combination or how that race changed the face of racing as we know it, this Joel Clark print is a classic.
The company offers to print the artwork on two different types of paper: art print or premium giclee print. Giclee prints come on textured, thick watercolor paper. Customers can buy it in a variety of sizes and they can choose one of the following frames:
- Mounted art print
- Chelsea black
- Metal print
- Chelsea espresso
- Stretches canvas print
- Brett Stone thin
- Soho white
- Ramino gold thin
- Siena silver
- Chelsea white
- Ramino silver thin
If you prefer, you can buy it without a frame. Prices range from $22 to $136 depending on the material and size.
3. Rainbow Porsche 911 GT3
This next car art piece is for decorators who either have a firm grasp of the color wheel or have no set color scheme. This piece depicts 56 identical Porsche 911 GT3s in all their colorful glory. Every shade of the 500-horsepower vehicle makes an appearance in this limited edition wall art. This car art works well in a room filled with lots of vibrant colors. But it also compliments a mostly monochromatic room.
Available are two sizes of print: 18 by 24-inch or a 24 by 36 inch. The vendor prints the artwork on a piece of 10.3 acid-free paper with a matte finish. They cost between $24 and $32 and does not include a frame. This piece’s overall rating is an impressive 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. Six customers reviewed the product, most complimenting the vendor’s remarkable quality.
4. 1995 Toyota Supra Turbo
Thanks to some gorgeous car art, Brian O’Connor’s legendary Toyota Supra will never be forgotten. With one glance at this stunning piece, fans will instantly remember the first time they watched the first Fast and Furious movie. This portrait-style print features the eye-catching 1995 Supra with its original color, decals, and modifications. The color scheme is mostly greys and orange — a dynamic color combination sure to electrify any drab room decor.
Prices range from $160 to $350 depending on which sizes customers choose. Their smallest print is 8 inches by 11.2 inches while their largest canvas stretches 20 inches by 28 inches. Of 8 customers who reviewed the car art, 7 gave it 5.0 out of 5 stars. The quick shipping and careful packaging wowed most customers. However, one customer complained that the quality wasn’t quite up to their expectations.
5. Women in racing history print
There are few female racers in history with as colorful a past as Helene Delangle. In a world dominated by men, Delangle was a woman far before her time. Her careers included modeling in Paris as a young woman and dancing in the limelight as a ballet dancer. As a dancer, her stage name was Hellé Nice. A few years later, Nice had a skiing accident. Unable to dance due to her knee, she used the same stage name as a professional racer in 1929. It was that same year Bugatti Nice to become their driver.
While it may not necessarily depict Nice or the famous Bugatti, this print by René Vincent certainly seems inspired by female drivers circa 1920 to 1930. Its soft blue and greys make this print an excellent addition to any family room, living room, or office space. Prices range from $25 to $140 depending on size as well as paper type. Once customers place their order, the print is reproduced to your specifications and shipped within one to two days
6. Ferrari 512 S 1970 24 Hours Of Daytona
Sometimes, all you want is a beautiful, eye-catching piece of car art that commands attention. Some photographs are too busy, and some hand-painted pieces do not capture the feeling you’re after. In these instanced, an abstract graphic is just what you need. This artwork depicting a 1970 Ferrari 512 S is a beautiful piece of artwork created by Yuriy Shevchuk.
The print comes in a variety of sizes and you can choose the frame, mat, and paper it is printed on. The sheer number of options means it is likely you will be able to find a framing option to suit anyone's style. The artwork ranges in price from $79 all the way to $605. Customers have rated the artwork 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.
7. Miata Answer Sheet
The running joke for Miata fanatics is that for every problem, the Miata is the answer. Therefore, it’s only natural that this car art depicting all four Mazda Miata (or MX-5) generations be dubbed the “Answer Sheet.” Reminiscent of our favorite video games such as Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, these 8-bit Miatas look great on a long strip of barren wall.
As per usual, Blipshift carries a limited number of their products, including this MX-5 Answer Sheet. Therefore, it may be available today, but you may not see it anymore in a couple of months. So be sure to grab this limited edition print (for you and all your friends) while quantities last. The frame is not included on this 15- by 24-inch print which costs $50 to $55.
8. Car Nursery Poster
When we think car art, the first thing that comes to mind is the bedroom of a self-proclaimed car nerd. You know — the kind of guy who knows every make and model of the car driving by at 60 miles per hour on the freeway. But whoever said car art is only for adults? With this car art nursery poster, every little kid grows up learning their ABCs: Aston Martins, BMW’s, and Chevy’s, of course!
This kid’s ABC nursery poster is perfect for the gearhead in your life who just welcomed a new baby. The product will serve as a constant reminder of his favorite vehicles. Plus, it will also be a great way to ensure his mini-me follows a similar path. Should the child grow up and find their calling elsewhere, the poster can easily move to your office, living room, or spare bedroom. Prices range from $20 to $105 depending on paper type which includes satin or metallic. Although there are no reviews for this particular item, 34 customers favored this art piece.
Which Car Art Should You Choose?
Narrowing your selection down to a handful of choices is quite a feat in and of itself. However, if you’re looking to gift a piece of car art that won’t break the bank, we recommend the personalized 1965 Mustang Fastback. It is inexpensive, printable in your very own home, and best of all it is entirely customizable to your recipient’s personality.
If sticking to a budget is not part of the equation, the Alphabet car list is an adorable tongue-in-cheek art piece that will be a great conversation starter for many years.