During the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este which took place as usual in Italy at the end of May, a very special car was presented this year. Brand new, but based on a concept car from the 1970s: the Garmisch, originally designed by Marcello Gandini.
The Garmisch was originally created for the Geneva Motor Show in 1970. The car was named after the German ski resort of the same name, which was the epitome of seventies glamour. A few details in the design immediately reveal the spirit of the time: a passenger side vanity mirror and the honeycomb mesh over the rear window. The minimal details, sharp lines and the by now well-known double kidney grille of BMW were very innovative almost fifty years ago and made the Garmisch a car that was far ahead of its time.
"The concept car was far ahead of its time."
It was Marcello Gandini who created the concept car for BMW in the name of the design house Bertone. Gandini's portfolio also includes the Lamborghini Miura, the Ferrari Dino 308GT4 and the – although less glamorous, but still produced and sold to this day – Volkswagen Polo.
Gandini – now 80 – was again involved in building the car this year. His input was essential, as BMW could only rely on a few photos. The car disappeared after the salon, perhaps in a collector's collection, perhaps because the parts were sold separately or destroyed. Like the original, the reissue of the Garmisch was built entirely in Turin. The result shows great craftsmanship and highlights the long-standing reputation in progressive car design of BMW.
The car was presented to the public during the annual 'classics convention' Concorso d'Eleganza in Villa d'Este, located in Cernobbio by Lake Como in Italy. Let us hope that this time it was not a one-off event!