Mini Cooper S art

 

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Mini Cooper S fine car artwork by Marc Carreras.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.

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Description

Many cars have had a considerable influence on the way we look at transportation, but there has been no other like the Austin Mini (or the thousand other names that it had because of its company names changes). This car is so significant and iconic, so it is hard to compare it to anything else. The Mini is an engineering marvel, a fashion statement, pop culture icon and an overall game changer like no other in the automotive industry. It seemed like every single person on the planet wanted one, laughing at this statement? Let us explain; every Beatles member had one; Steve McQueen had one, Enzo Ferrari had one, King of Jordan had one. If you lived back in the day, you also would have one. Movie enthusiasts will also remember Michael Caine driving one in the original of “The Italian Job” from 1969. The Mini was a real poster icon of the 60’s and car worthy of every automotive beautiful art piece that has been created to commemorate its sheer brilliance. In fact, even though this is not a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, we bet that due to its remarkable popularity, Mini has had more car posters of it made than any other vehicle in the world. Over its lifespan, over 5 million Mini’s were sold, the fact that it started under 800$ probably helped a lot, not laughing now, are you? This is why we are more than happy to share with you this lovely Mini Cooper S art by Marc Carreras.

This Mini Cooper S art is an ode to compact forms

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The man who gave the world this beautiful creation is Sir Alec Issigonis, a visionary like no other. Sir Alec, dreamed of this car as a small car on the outside, but a practical and comfortable car on the inside. Kids nowadays probably look at this car and think that no more than two people can fit in it, but we who remember it in all of its glory know that four people could fit inside without a problem and take a ride that was not limited to a quick city drive. For those who struggle to understand how this is possible, let us explain, please. This car utilised many revolutionary designs, first of all, the gearbox was moved right under the engine which itself was mounted sideways to shorten the nose and provide a completely flat floor. Coupled with front wheel drive, this meant that no moving mechanical part needed to go under the car or anywhere near the cabin, so the cabin utilised every inch of space it possibly could. Instead of metal spring suspension Mini had rubber cones in each corner. In the result, the classic Mini has the joyful driving characteristics. Add rack and pinion steering and hydraulic breaks, and you have a car that handled like a dream. In fact, the Mini passed its testing with flying colors from the first try, and a decision was made by the BMC (British Motor Corporation) to put it into productions immediately. Later it will become a rally legend by winning the notorious Monte Carlo Rally, prepped by John Cooper.

A testing track was prepared for the press, and tens of minis were ready to take on its biggest test yet, the journalists. Tensions were high; this car had so much to prove, no one knew what to expect from it. Every journalist was shocked with the amount of space on the inside and with its driving characteristics, it was hard to get them out of the cars after the test drive, they just wanted to keep on driving. No one had anything but praise for the Mini and its genius designer. The news outlets were bombarded with posters and admiration for the car, so this Mini Cooper S art should not be a surprise for you.

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What you see above though, is the Mini Cooper S, no ordinary Mini, it was born of the great idea to enter rallies with the car. In 1960 the first Monte Carlo rally adventure of the Mini began, the car held its own but came in the back, due to the lack of power. A friend of Sir Issigonis, the legendary John Cooper, convinced the BMC to let him build a car designed for racing. In 1964 he completed the first Mini Cooper S, doubling the power output from 34 hp to 68 hp and won the Monte Carlo rally from the first try. To prove that it was a real racer he won it two more times in 1965 and 1967. In our opinion, this car breached the line between a vehicle and art, even though art is supposed to be non-functional and only for the eyes and the soul, this car was a feast for all senses and deserves the title of car art.

Now you can own this Mini Cooper S art created by Marc Carreras and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

Marc Carreras on his passion for cars, scale models, football, Barca, Porsche 993, working for BMW, and automotive design.

How did you get into cars?

Since I was a kid I always loved cars. My room was full with scale models and these were the only presents I asked for for a long time. Years passed by and I always dreamed in working in car design, even though I realized it wouldn’t be easy, however now I work as a 3D sculptor in BMW. So we can say I am surrounded by the automotive world.

If you have an option for a permanent exhibition, where would you like it to be?

If I could choose just one place to have my artwork exposed I would probably like it to be the Petersen Museum in LA. I was once there and fell in love with it. The architecture of the building and the exposition inside both impressed me, so it would be a pleasure to be featured there.

Imagine unlimited budget for just a one car. What a vehicle you’d have in your garage?

I would definitely go for a Porsche 993. This has always been my dream car. I was once very close to get one some years ago but was a little too expensive for me at that moment so I decided to wait for a little more. Unfortunately it has been one of the models which has increased the most his value so what was close to happen some years ago is now more difficult. I always regret not having purchased it.

Do you have specific motoring culture you admire and if yes, why?

To be honest I am more a fan of the esthetics of automotion than of the motorsport culture. What I love the most are the classic models, I think there is nothing like 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s if we talk about car design. I love the detail they used to put in each and every single part of a car. Also materials used were pure without as much plastic as we have nowadays.

If it weren’t cars, what would it be?

I have always been passionate about Football. I am a big fan of Barcelona and really enjoy watching it and also playing. Cars and football are my 2 passions.

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Size

Large – 28 x 28 inches | 71 x 71 cm, Medium – 22 x 22 inches | 55,8 x 55,8 cm, Mini – 12 x 12 inches | 30,5 x 30,5 cm, Small – 16 x 16 inches | 40,6 x 40,6 cm, X-Large – 38 x 38 inches | 95 x 95 cm

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3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Marc Carreras
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