BMW from scratch recreated the lost concept of 1970May 27, 2019
A new BMW Garmisch was shown at the Villa d’Este Competition
At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este elegance competition, BMW unveiled the classic Garmisch concept recreated from scratch. The original car, which was named after the ski resort Garmisch in southern Germany, was built by the Bertone atelier, but disappeared shortly after the premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
Like the first BMW Garmisch, the recreated version is based on the BMW 2200 TI. The bold and at the same time simple design of the car “demonstrates the new radical style of the late 60s and early 70s, the pioneers of which were Italian studios Bertone, Italdesign and Pininfarina.” In addition, the creation of the legendary automotive designer Marcello Gandini had a significant impact on the evolution of the corporate design of the German brand and personally Paul Braque, the creator of the first generation BMW 5 series.
To work on the machine attracted specialists BMW Group Design and offices of BMW Classic. They recreated the look of BMW Garmisch in archival black and white photographs, but Marcello Gandini himself helped with the details. He remembered what color the concept body was and what materials were used for the interior trim. The current model was assembled by craftsmen in Turin, where the original Garmisch was once built.
The coupe was distinguished by unusual details: an angular interpretation of branded “nostrils”, square headlights covered with glass, blinds on the rear racks in the style of sports cars and honeycombs on the rear window. A vertical heater and radio control unit was installed in the cabin, and a large mirror was placed in the glove compartment. All this should have made an impression. According to Gandini, it was not by chance that the name was chosen: at that time, skiing was popular in Italy, and the name Garmisch symbolized “Alpine elegance”.
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