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Colorful car with inspirational story turning heads on Tyler streets

Colorful cars turns heads on Tyler Streets. (Source: KLTV Staff) Colorful cars turns heads on Tyler Streets. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Car painted by artist 17 year ago. (Source: KLTV Staff) Car painted by artist 17 year ago. (Source: KLTV Staff)
"Be Yourself" message painted on top of colorful Tyler car. (Source: KLTV Staff) "Be Yourself" message painted on top of colorful Tyler car. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

There's a car that is turning a lot of heads in East Texas. 

That's because the vehicle’s design is probably unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Tyler car dealer Aaron Manly Smith jokingly calls the 2001 Toyota Echo “the clown car.” 

“Cars are generally very vanilla and boring,” said Smith. “It's kind of a neat way and a neat twist on an older car is to try to make it something that is kind of beautiful in its own way and makes people smile.”

The car features bright flowers, polka dots, and a message on the bumper "laugh - point - smile and wave.”

“I laughed when I saw it and I got in it and I realized it was actually in really good shape,” said Smith. “It just had a weird paint job on it.”

He later learned the paint job was a labor of love. 

“The original owner is an artist and his wife is a nurse and he made this as a gift for her,” said Smith.  

This gift moved through the hands of multiple owners before landing in East Texas. 

“I found the owner that they sold it to, which was a college student she loved it,” said Smith. “The air conditioner failed on her one day, so she took it to a dealer and that's how it got into the auction system. I just didn't want it to be destroyed.”

Smith’s assistant is likely the one taking the car around town. Casey Brown said after a drunk driver totaled his old vehicle, he now drives the rainbow four-door. 

“I glance over and there will be a bunch of girls just [waving],” Brown said. “I think I get pulled over less. I know I've been caught speeding in it once or twice and they just kind of let it go.” 

One ride inside this colorful art piece and you’ll be greeted with smiles and waves. 

Smith said he even drove the car away on his wedding night in November. 

“I think in a town where you have an over-abundance of lifted trucks and a lot of same, just be yourself,” said Smith. 

That message can be seen in bright bold letters on top of the vehicle. 

“Life isn't that serious and I think those are really important messages to take from it all,” said Smith. 

Smith said he hopes to have an event for the East Texas community to help touch up the paint and art on the sedan. 

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