Back in the day collaborations were all the rage, just think of the Maserati/Chrysler TC and the Cadillac/Pininfarina Allante. Collaboration is what makes this car unique.
BMW hired Bertone, and Italian design and manufacturing company, to design the 3200 CS which was unveiled at the 1961 Frankfurt Auto Show. This little sports car had beautiful Italian lines, a V8 engine paired with a four speed manual transmission, and 160 horsepower.
Interestingly Bertone created vehicles for a bunch of different auto makers such as Aston Martin, Fiat, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini, Volvo and more.
In the BMW world, the 3200 CS was the end of an era. Since it was the last of BMW’s early postwar luxury cars, it was the last model to have pushrod-operated engine valves or a solid rear axle. This car helped to spawn the BMW E9, or first 6 Series coupe. This model was the first to have the Hofmeister Kick, which is a bend in the C pillar giving the car a more detailed window shape. This design feature premeired at the 1961 Frankfurt Auto Show and was named after the BMW Design Director Wilhelm Hofmeister. The design had been picked up by other auto makers but to this day remains a BMW design trademark.