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Peninsula local Mike Harbar just loves art and cars; and motor bikes and aeroplanes and boats! This freelance illustrator has drawn the lot from AC Cobra to Zagato – and then some. His commissioned works hang in rooms around the world and also appears in car magazines, at club events and most recently he has created a beautiful piece of art featuring the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Exhibition at Ripponlea.

Mike explains. ‘I know the owner of the car in the Miss Fisher series. One thing led to another and my drawing of her and the classic red 1923 H6B Hispano-Suiza became part of the artwork at Ripponlea. (Hispano Suiza’s were manufactured in France but were originally made in Spain where King Alfonso was a major enthusiast. Apparently Miss Fisher hired the car from the local garage for $50 bucks a week after the garage mechanic refused to sell it to her!)

Mike’s drawing is multi-layered and bursting with technical difficulty. Using just lead pencil and water colour this illustration comes alive. He continues. ‘Automotive Art is quite a challenge but it helps having an Industrial Design background. I understand the technical engineering behind vehicle design.’ He combines this knowledge with the use of flowing lines to create detailed works that car nuts love. ‘It’s very labour intensive. There are probably more brain surgeons than car artists…’

mmm, sounds tricky. Mike has been drawing cars ever since he could hold a pencil. Originally from the UK he settled down south in 2000 where he now spends most of his time illustrating. His Bathurst Legends, Mad Max, Bentley and Aston Martin pictures are in demand; he’s just sent another Aston Martin overseas. He can also personalise existing prints by adding your numberplates and changing the colour of your vehicle, or he can start from scratch with an original commissioned artwork. Fans of Miss Fisher can order his Ripponlea prints.

View Mike’s work at or email him at to organise your special Christmas gift.

Phryne would be pleased!

by Liz Rogers

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