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Porsche Taycan Artcar by Richard Phillips goes up for auction in April

This unique art car will be auctioned off in April.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

American artist Richard Phillips has collaborated with Porsche to create the company's first all-electric art car. The Taycan Artcar was displayed at the Leuehof pop-up restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland over the winter and will be auctioned off via RM Sotheby's from April 6-13, 2021. Process from the sale will benefit Switzerland's non-profit association Suisseculture Sociale.

"Porsche's first purely electric sports car, the Taycan, represents a new chapter in the company's history," says Michael Glinski, CEO of Porsche Schweiz AG. "We wanted to capture this achievement by working together with a leading artist. The result is this creation, which reflects the guiding principles of sustainability and electromobility and of course also places a strong focus on nature in Switzerland. By auctioning the work and donating the proceeds we want to help the Swiss cultural landscape, which has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Porsche has set a confident course through this crisis and we are eager to give something back to the community."

Porsche Artcar by Richard Phillips

Porsche Artcar by Richard Phillips

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

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Creation of the car started with a bare Porsche Taycan 4S. Then, Phillips applied his large-scale painting from 2010 entitled "Queen of the Night" to the car. The original work was inspired by legendary Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich.

The car features a three-dimensional arrangement of elements and details of the 86-square foot painting flowing organically up the front hood over the front fenders and across the doors. As it approaches the rear of the car, the artwork glides over the roof and fenders and the flora opens to reveal a blue sky and butterflies.

The Artcar has been fitted with customized touches from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: the illuminated door sill panels are inscribed "Queen of the Night" and door projectors illuminate Phillips' signature onto the underfloor when the door is opened.

"The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan's signature horizontal light bar," as Phillips explains. "Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed.

The Artcar is the second collaboration Porsche has worked with Phillips. The first was in 2019 when Phillips worked with the company's factory driver Jörg Bergmeister to design a Porsche art car, which then made history at the 24-hour race in Le Mans. When the Porsche 911 RSR from Project 1 Motorsport crossed the finish line to win the GTE Am class, it was the first art car ever to take the laurels.

RM Sotheby's will auction the Taycan Artcar. The online auction will start on April 6, 2021, and run for seven days until April 13 on: www.rmsothebys.com. The lot includes an exclusive individually tailored tour of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen – the birthplace of the Porsche Taycan – with Porsche AG's head of the Taycan model range.

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2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

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2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

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This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTSMy SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTSThe pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

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A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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