Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815

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1999 Smart Microcar
Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815

Sold for € 9,200 (US$ 10,363) inc. premium
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon
1999 Smart Microcar
Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
*Unique hand-painted design by Folon
*Interior by Jean Pierre Huart
*Complete history file on the project

Over the last decade-and-a-half, the Smart microcar had become a familiar sight in cities around the world. Unusually, it was not the creation of an established motor manufacturer but a watchmaker - SMH, makers of Swatch watches - whose CEO Nicolas Hayek began work on the project in the 1980s. Nevertheless, Hayek realised that the way forward lay in collaboration with a motor industry partner, and after an initial flirtation with Volkswagen, concluded a deal with Daimler-Benz in 1994. An assembly plant was constructed at Hambach, France - soon gaining the nickname 'Smartville' - from which the first production models emerged in October 1998. An egg-shaped two-seater, the first Smart City Coupé was powered by a rear-mounted turbo-charged 599cc three-cylinder engine that drove the rear wheels via a six-speed clutch-less semi-automatic gearbox. Updated with more modern engines and drive trains, the basic concept endures to this day.

The example presented here is a one-off model, created by Jean-Michel Folon, the Belgian painter, sculptor and water-colourist who died in 2005. His style was particularly well known in France in the 1970s, thanks to the animated graphics that he produced for television. This car's bodywork has been painted by a French graffiti artist under the direction of Jean-Michel Folon, while the interior has been trimmed in blue leather and signed by the famous upholsterer, Jean Pierre Huart. A file containing photographs of the graffiti artist and Mr Folon is available with the car. This unique Smart was created to raise funds for charity - 'The Zepter International Charity Gala'. Known as 'Art Planet', the design honours the event's Pro Celebrity Golf Tournament and features mountain and golf ball motifs. Donated by Smart Centre Nice, it was sold for 500,000 French Francs to a prominent Monte Carlo resident. The car is offered with French Carte Grise.
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Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
Created by the artist Jean-Michel Folon,1999  Smart  Microcar  Chassis no. TCC01MCO1XH19815
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