At the Bring a Trailer Auction, a bizarre 'Lo-Res Car' feces a surreal $111,111 price tag

  • The Lo-Res Car, designed by the United Nude footwear company and inspired by an abstract, low-resolution version of the Lamborghini Countach, is now up for auction on Bring a Trailer. To bid on the car, visit Bring a Trailer.
  • Powered by a 5-kilowatt electric motor, the vehicle's body is made up of 12 tinted clear polycarbonate panels that are mounted on a steel-tube frame.
  • It is being offered for sale by the Petersen Automotive Museum, with half of the proceeds going to a non-profit that promotes environmental awareness.

UPDATE on October 19, 21: Upon the auction's conclusion on October 15, 2021, the United Nude Lo-Res Car was sold for the sum of $111,111.

Contrary to its appearance as a smaller, more car-like sibling to Tesla's radically styled Cybertruck, this futuristic wedge is the work of footwear company United Nude. The Lo-Res Car, as it is affectionately known, was originally sketched by United Nude founder Rem D. Koolhaas, who took inspiration from an abstract, low-resolution version of the Lamborghini Countach to create this bizarre vehicle. The design of the Lo-Res Car, while it may be difficult to discern its Countach roots, is undeniably beautiful, and you can now own a piece of United Nude's vision, which is up for auction on Bring a Trailer auction site.

For promotional purposes, four prototypes of the Lo-Res Car were built, with the first version winning a Wallpaper Magazine Design Award in 2016 and subsequent prototypes appearing in music videos. It is built on a steel tube-frame chassis and has a body made up of 12 tinted clear polycarbonate panels. This example, chassis number three, is based on that chassis. Simple rectangular light bars are installed in the front and rear of the vehicle, as well as illuminated United Nude logos. The Lo-Res Car is powered by a 5-kilowatt electric motor that drives the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission, and it comes to a stop with the help of front disc brakes—despite the fact that it is unlikely to get moving very quickly to begin with.

To get inside, the clamshell bodywork is raised by remote control, revealing fixed tandem seating made of polished metal and ribbed black upholstery. Several light bars are located on either side of the seats, and the driver's control panel, which contains the ignition switch, battery charge indicator, and other switches, is located to the right of the seats. The driver navigates through the vehicle using a chrome hexagonal steering wheel, which is flanked by simple digital displays mounted behind the wheel.

Having acquired the vehicle around three years ago, the Petersen Automotive Museum has decided to sell it. The museum previously featured the vehicle in its Disruptors exhibit in 2019, after which it was put up for sale. Because the Lo-Res Car is not titled or registered for street driving, it is not known how many miles have been put on it. Approximately half of the proceeds will be used to maintain the museum's vast collection, with the remaining half being donated to an environmental non-profit called Energy Independence Now, according to Petersen. A total of $45,000 has been raised so far for the Lo-Res Car, and the auction will close on Friday, October 15.

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