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

Beijing Motor Show 2024 preview: the Auto China car show juggernaut returns
Geneva Motor Show
News

Beijing Motor Show 2024 preview: the Auto China car show juggernaut returns

Major manufacturers will be showing off their latest cars in China this month
10 Apr 2024
BMW seeks help from Rimac on future electric cars
Rimac Nevera - front action
News

BMW seeks help from Rimac on future electric cars

The long-term partnership will see Rimac Technology expand BMW’s line up of EVs
9 Apr 2024
‘It’s time for BMW to relaunch Triumph, and Rishi Sunak should help’
Opinion - Triumph
Opinion

‘It’s time for BMW to relaunch Triumph, and Rishi Sunak should help’

Mike Rutherford thinks there needs to be more British car companies selling sensibly priced cars on the world stage
7 Apr 2024
BMW Vision Neue Klasse X concept revealed to preview all-new electric SUV
BMW Vision Neue Klasse X concept - front
News

BMW Vision Neue Klasse X concept revealed to preview all-new electric SUV

This Neue Klasse X concept showcases the design inspiration for next year’s Neue Klasse SUV
21 Mar 2024

Most Popular

New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April
Facelifted Volkswagen Golf - front static
News

New Volkswagen Golf 2024: facelifted hatchback icon on sale from 11 April

The eighth-generation Golf has been given a mid-life refresh - just in time for the model’s 50th birthday
9 Apr 2024
New Skoda Kodiaq 2024 review - the do-it-all family SUV
Skoda Kodiaq 2024
In-depth reviews

New Skoda Kodiaq 2024 review - the do-it-all family SUV

The Kodiaq aims to be the do-it-all SUV for families and it largely succeeds. The driving experience isn’t the most exciting, but for a big, practical…
12 Apr 2024
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle
Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio E-Tech - front tracking
Car group tests

Toyota Yaris vs Renault Clio 2024 twin test: hybrid supermini battle

With more and more electrified rivals arriving, Toyota has given its hybrid-only Yaris a facelift. We put it up against Renault’s class-leading Clio.
13 Apr 2024