Skip advert
Advertisement

BMW Garmisch concept recreated as homage to Marcello Gandini

Unique BMW Garmisch concept revealed at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este nearly 50 years after disappearing

This is the BMW Garmisch concept, a modern take on an iconic concept car that went missing following its debut at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It has been officially revealed at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy.

The concept was originally designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone - many of BMW’s vehicles from the 1960s and 70s were inspired and influenced by Italian design and coachbuilding. The new Garmisch was unveiled to celebrate this long-held association and pay tribute to Gandini, one of Italy’s most influential car designers.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Concept car: the greatest concept design of all time

What makes the Garmisch special are the unique design elements such as the bold, vertical and angular variation of BMW’s kidney-shaped radiator grill. Other distinctive features include the square glass-covered headlights and the honeycomb-patterned mesh cover for the rear window, which was a must in Gandini’s designs.

Every detail of the exterior and interior has been recreated using a small selection of black and white images sourced from BMW’s Group Design and Classic department. Not only that, but Gandini himself recalled his memories and contributed to recreate the Garmisch.

“Building the BMW Garmisch for a second time gave us the opportunity to pay tribute to Mr. Gandini, recall one of his lesser-known cars and highlight Bertone’s stylistic influence on the evolution of BMW design. For me, that alone was reason enough to do this project – filling in the gaps and completing BMW’s history” said Adrian van Hooydonk, SVP of BMW Group Design.

What do you think of the BMW Garmisch concept? Let us know in the comments below...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024: new cars, dates, tickets and MG centenary theme
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024 - MG sculpture
News

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024: new cars, dates, tickets and MG centenary theme

The Goodwood Festival of Speed’s central theme of ‘Horseless to Hybrid’ will celebrate over 130 years of engine tech in 2024, while also looking to th…
11 Jul 2024
New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond
Future electric cars - header image
Best cars & vans

New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond

The EV explosion has brought a huge range of choice to the market already but it’s only going to get bigger in the coming months
4 Jul 2024
BMW Concept Skytop revealed: elegant targa GT recalls a more elegant era of BMW design
BMW Concept Skytop - front
News

BMW Concept Skytop revealed: elegant targa GT recalls a more elegant era of BMW design

Highly bespoke and luxuriously appointed, BMW’s Concept Skytop harks back to a more elegant era of BMW design
24 May 2024
Next BMW Art Car revealed: Julie Mehretu artwork for Le Mans V8 Hybrid racer
Julie Mehretu BMW Art Car - front
News

Next BMW Art Car revealed: Julie Mehretu artwork for Le Mans V8 Hybrid racer

BMW’s latest race car will be clothed in artist-designed livery for fearsome 24 hours of Le Mans 2024
21 May 2024

Most Popular

New Ford Capri preview: famous name returns on 390-mile electric coupe-SUV
Ford Capri - front action
News

New Ford Capri preview: famous name returns on 390-mile electric coupe-SUV

Ford has reimagined one of its most iconic nameplates as a rival for the Volkswagen ID.5 and Skoda Enyaq Coupe
12 Jul 2024
Covers are off new MG HS family SUV at Goodwood Festival of Speed
MG HS on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024 - front static
News

Covers are off new MG HS family SUV at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The previous MG HS was a big-seller for MG in the UK and there are high hopes for this one…
12 Jul 2024
Car Deal of the Day: updated Nissan Qashqai with sharp looks and hybrid power for only £220 per month
Nissan Qashqai - front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: updated Nissan Qashqai with sharp looks and hybrid power for only £220 per month

Nissan’s recently refreshed family SUV with hybrid power for close to £200 per month is our Car Deal of the Day for 10 July
10 Jul 2024