Friday, February 16, 2018

Pippa Garners Le Sabre He's added a flying bridge to the car. Also note the flag and bow railing.

the Nauti-Mobile, a Buick that Garner turned into a real boat of a car, with the windshield of a '67 Datsun grafted on top with a real ship's wheel and a bow.

Pippa was born Philip Garner, fought in the Vietnam war, contracted leukemia through the exposure to Agent Orange, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the Merv Griffin Show and other talk shows showcasing her satirical consumer product "inventions", and her art has appeared in Car and Driver, Rolling Stone, Arts and Architecture and Vogue, among other publications. In 1993 at the age of 50 underwent surgery to become a woman.

A Chevrolet modified by Pippa was featured in Esquire Magazine in 1975 and noticed by the San Francisco art collective Ant Farm, and she subsequently began a collaboration with Chip Lord.

She is now 72 years old. She began her career as an artist at Art Center in LA and was in a circle of notable artists such as Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha. She has worked in video, performance, drawing, sculpture and most recently has taken professional acting classes. What ties all her interests together is her wit and sense of humor which she applies to her cultural commentary.

Pippa's work centers on cars that are more than just cars. She is famous for some of her functioning automotive creations, like the 1968 Buick LeSabre Boat Car with a flying bridge and a plaque reading "Long time no sea."


  1. Pippa Garner is the artist.

    1. thanks! How in the world did you know that?

  2. I used to enjoy his/her work in car and driver and I loved the concept of a flying bridge on a car!