BMW’s Garmisch Concept Is A Modern-Day Recreation Of The Missing Original

BMW has used the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to introduce stylish concepts such as the Z4 Zagato Coupe, but this year is different as they’ve unveiled a modern-day recreation of the Garmisch concept.

Created by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, the original Garmisch concept was based on the BMW 2002 tii and unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. However, it vanished following its debut.

Since the fate of the original remains a mystery, BMW had a difficult task when it came to recreating the model. This wasn’t helped by the fact that few original documents related to the Garmisch still exist.

In order to overcome these difficulties, the automaker created a special team which consisted of members from BMW Classic and BMW Group Design. They poured over a “small selection of period images,” which were mostly black and white, and then began transferring styling elements from the original Garmisch to the recreation. Gandini also helped the team as he provided additional information about the car which could have otherwise been lost to history.

The resulting recreation is pretty faithful to the original and Gandini said “Having seen the final car, it is hard for me to even distinguish it from the original.” That’s high praise from a designer, especially one who oversaw projects such as the Alfa Romeo Carabo, Lancia Stratos Zero and Lamborghini Miura during his 14 year tenure as Bertone’s design director.

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While the Garmisch isn’t exactly beautiful, it’s a sleek two-door coupe which features a controversial interpretation of BMW’s iconic twin-kidney grille. The concept also has glass-covered headlights, C-pillar louvers and a honeycomb mesh cover on the rear window.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as the concept has a stylish steering wheel and a slim center stack with vertical controls. Other notable highlights include wood trim, metal accents and a glovebox which opens to reveal a large mirror.

Following its debut at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Garmisch recreation will become part of the collection at the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany.


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  • Julien Lachemoi

    There’s something very pleasing about this car.
    It’s not pretty by any stretch of the imagination but it is… “pleasing” is the only word coming to mind.

    • Bash

      No it’s not.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Thank you for letting me know you disagree with my comment.

        • Bash

          You are welcome, glad that you took it in a positive way.

      • Six Thousand Times

        We get you don’t like it and that’s fine but yours is not the only possible opinion.

        • Bash

          I know. You can relax now.

  • Bash

    Mercedes was better with the icon classic. This is ugly from every angle

  • enthusia

    I’m smitten by this! I think its gorgeous! But then again, I love just about everything from Bertone.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Yeesh… It shoulda stayed dead!

  • Bash

    I know that for sure, still was better. This is not even close.

  • Six Thousand Times

    What a cool recreation. You can see how the first 3er and 6er evolved from this concept’s thinking. Also a little FIAT X/19. Love this. Would’ve looked good a a production car in 1971.

    • paulgdeaton

      My immediate thought was “Fiat 124 Coupe”.

      My view: excellent proportions, let down by clumsy details (The grille? Just different for the sake of being different? The honeycomb mess on the back window? Why? And that steering wheel contraption that looks more like it belongs on a six-year-olds pedal car?) in its execution.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The bumper and taillights as well as the “falling” rear deck, I would imagine.

  • CitizenKane

    Stunning interiors, the dashboard, the door panel in particular.

  • Bash

    I know.

  • “While the Garmisch isn’t exactly beautiful…” I beg to differ – this is extremely gorgeous. Well proportioned and balanced and the interior is just something else. Any word on pricing? Asking for a friend…

  • Ary Wisesa

    “Isn’t exactly beautiful?” No way! It’s a thousand times better looking than most of current BMW! If they make it today with 50k-75k price tag, I wouldn’t mind to be in the waiting list for this beauty. Just look at the vintage dashboard, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Kagan

    This too

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