Peter Max was not a car guy. So when he purchased a collection of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from every year of manufacture up until 1989, he had a very specific plan: He would use this slice of American history as a tool to self-promote his work as an artist, painting the machines in lurid colors while staging them in various oddball scenarios only the most expressive of minds could envision.
Only that never happened. Instead, Max left his collection in a New York City storage lot, which is where they’ve lived for a quarter of a century.
Why Max never executed his plan for the Corvette collection remains a bit of a mystery. Perhaps it was the sheer amount of work that was required after the artist had let the cars sit for so long.
Still, after Max approached a guy named Peter Heller to locate a new storage garage for his collection, according to the New York Times, Heller decided instead to offer the artist a deal to purchase the 36 Corvettes. Max agreed for an untold sum.
Once cleaned and/or restored, the collection will return to the market, hoping to deliver a tidy return on Heller’s investment and keep the wheels turning on the once forgotten Corvettes of Peter Max.