Blimey that’s gorgeous. What is it?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the BMW Garmisch concept. And isn’t it just lovely?
It was originally designed as BMW’s surprise car for the 1970 Geneva Motor Show by Marcello Gandini and Italian design house Bertone, but it vanished almost immediately afterwards and was left to sit for almost 50 years.
Wait, remind me about Marcello Gandini?
Gandini is the man responsible for cars such as the Lamborghini Muira, the Lancia Stratos, the De Tomaso Pantera, the Bugatti EB 110, the Renault 5 Turbo and the Lamborghini Countach.
Need any more than that? We didn’t think so.
But why am I only just seeing it now?
Well, each year BMW likes to bring a concept to the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. It’s often something new and outrageous, but this year they decided to go retro and completely rebuild the Garmisch from scratch.
As you can imagine, it kind of stole the show.
What’s the best feature?
Well, that’s up to you to decide of course. For us though it would have to be that honeycomb-style mesh on the beautifully sloping rear window. We miss the days of proper car design.
But it’s only a concept, is the interior finished?
We’d say so – just look at that! Gandini himself was involved with the restoration, and both the design and the materials used are completely true to his original.
Check out the vertical radio and the massive passenger-side mirror. When the car looks this good, the people inside need to do it justice.
I’m obsessed. Can I buy one?
Unfortunately, this is very much a one-off. You can however buy the brand-new BMW 1 Series! Sorry…