BMW has decided to bring back the Garmisch concept, a design study from Bertone that was originally debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. Designed by Marcello Gandini (the designer of the Lamborghini Miura), the original 2002tii based concept car vanished after its debut, with its fate unknown.
Since few original documents remain of the concept car, BMW took painstaking lengths to form a team consisting of members from BMW Classic and BMW Group Design to recreate the concept for the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Gandini himself was roped in to provide valuable input to the design team, which worked off period images of the original. Intended for the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany, the Garmisch concept is a hark back at the days of sleek, understated BMW design, featuring what must have been a ‘controversial’ take on the BMW kidney grill. It’s also impossibly understated, with the only whacky detail coming in the form of louvres for the rear window which cast geometric shadows onto the minimalist interior.
In a world of oversized grills and aggressive design, the Garmisch is a boldly pared back study. That’s good design.