BMW 2800 Bertone Spicup (1969)
A one-off built for BMW by Bertone/Marcello Gandini, which was more than a simple prototype, since this was regularly driven by someone who actually bought it after its presentation during the 69 Geneva Show.
The Spicup was built to be both a spider and a coupé, which was ambitious; at the same time, it turned this into a flop. It didn’t fit nowhere near the delicate lines of the (then) current BMW 2000 lineup. It’s as beautiful as it is ugly.
And yes, BMW was most likely inspired by the Alfa Romeo Montreal, which had been presented as a prototype a couple of years before this debut.
BMW 635 CSi E24 (1978)
We’re all allowed to have crushes. Some are healthier than others, usually the ones that fade away with time. A nice and easy reminder that you’re able to feel an unexplicable attraction to something or someone (it’s usually someone).
A recent set of posts by swissstash has made me realize that I’m still not done with this old crush that is the E24.
What worries me is that I had always thought of the E24 as a healthy crush. The one to wink at at the corner of the room, to feel a bit jealous for when others have it. Paul Bracq, its designer, is officialy one of my design heroes. He’s also responsible for the W113 MB platforms and, go figure, the TGV.
BMW 507 Coupé (1956)
Still the grandfather of modern sport coupés and roadsters, the 507 sits easily at the top of the most beautiful and graceful artforms in any media.
Very few were made, making these incredibly rare and expensive as a human soul.
Image via IEDEI
Le Mans, 1976.
Jean-Louis Ravenel, Jacky Ravenel, Jean-Marie Detrin & Dany Wauters drive the BMW 3.0 CLS to a class victory.
Portuguese drivers Peixinho (Alfa Romeo GTA, which won this event) and Nicha Cabral (BMW 2002) race at Benguela.
BMW M1 (1978)
The M1 probably doesn’t recognize digital cameras of today. He looks at them, pointed towards its sharp angles and rough but delicate edges, and quietly asks himself the traditional “what kind of sorcery is this?”
The M1 is stuck in its own era. Not because it didn’t want to grow up, but simply because it never felt the need to. It never had to.
So he kindly poses to the magic boxes of witchcraft which resemble film cameras and poses. And then, 3 seconds later you review your own photo on the camera’s LCD and think “Uau, dear God. This car still looks absolutely stunning”.
BMW 328 (1936)
1 of 464 — designed by Peter Szymanowski.
BMW 328 Roadster (1937)
Designed by Peter Szymanowski.
BMW 2002 (1970)
You can’t go wrong with bumperless looks.
BMW 3 Series Convertible E30 (1985)
BMW’s official attempt at creating a convertible design for the E30 after the Baur versions. A better way to listen to the 6-cylinder engine and mess your girl’s hair up.