BMW has resurrected an iconic and almost forgotten design at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Alongside – and in contrast to – the forward-looking Concept R18 shown by BMW Motorrad, the Garmisch pays homage to one of the industry’s most influential automotive designers of the 1970s, Marcello Gandini.
The original Garmisch concept was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970 after being commissioned by BMW and created as a one-off project by the famous Bertone design house, where Marcello Gandini was in charge of the design department.
The design encapsulated what made Italian designs the most expressive and sought-after at the time. Love it or hate it, it’s the epitome of the automotive world in the early 1970s.