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BMW Recreates Stunning 50-Year-Old Concept

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This isn't a retro recreation but rather an exact replica. Awesome.

BMW is no stranger to the annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. The German automaker has a history of unveiling stunning one-off concepts at this event, and typically they pay homage to past BMW icons. This year, however, BMW did something a little different by re-creating a concept car it originally unveiled back in 1970 at the Geneva Motor Show. Introducing the BMW Garmisch. But what's a Garmisch? It's the name of a German ski town that hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics and is actually fairly close to BMW's hometown of Munich.

The original BMW Garmisch concept was designed by none other than Marcello Gandini for Bertone. Gandini is the wedge design pioneer who penned the likes of the Lamborghini Miura, Countach, and Lancia Stratos, among many others. Starting with a BMW 2002tii, Gandini and his team spent four months altering the coupe's design and the result was pretty incredible.

To celebrate the five decades that have since passed and Gandini himself, BMW figured it was time to recreate the original concept with this faithful recreation.

"Marcello Gandini to me is one of the grandmasters of car design, and his cars always have been an important source of inspiration for my work," says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Design. "Building the BMW Garmisch for a second time gave us the opportunity to pay tribute to Mr. Gandini, recall one of his lesser-known cars and highlight Bertone's stylistic influence on the evolution of BMW design."

BMW even used an original 2002 chassis as a starting point for the new car in order to create the best replicate possible.

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Take note of distinctive Gandini-inspired styling elements such as that new interpretation of BMW's kidney-shaped grille, square and glass-covered headlights, and a honeycomb mesh design for the rear window. Other insanely cool styling bits include the vertically-oriented radio and ventilation controls, and a huge letterboxed vanity mirror for the front seat passenger. BMW did, however, utilize some modern day tech in this project, specifically 3D printing.

The now 80-year-old Gandini contributed to the recreation thanks to his excellent memory of the original project. Many parts were created using this technology but everything was still assembled by hand in Turin, Italy – the same place where the original Garmisch was built all those years ago.