The second concept debut for BMW at the Pebble Beach 2019 is the BMW Garmisch Concept. The elegant concept car was introduced first back in May, on the front lawns of Lake Como, and it’s now joining the exciting Monterey Car Week.
First stop for the Garmisch Concept? The shores of Monterey Bay and right in front of the iconic The Lodge. Along with the BMW Vision M Next, the Garmisch Concept was introduced to the press yesterday, before it heads out to other venues during the Car Week.
The BMW Garmisch concept is a recreation of a car which originally debuted in 1970. With the newly created car, BMW pays respect to one of Italy’s most influential car designers and adds an exciting chapter to the company’s history.
The original BMW Garmisch was a concept designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone that debuted at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. Gandini is responsible for legendary cars like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Lancia Stratos and many more iconic models.
Designing this concept was a difficult task for BMW, as there are nearly no records of the original car. The only few images of the car still exist, but mostly in black and white. Yet, working together with the 80 year old Gandini, BMW was able to recreate the car with a modern twist.
Gandini’s design team focused quite a bit on the interior. Therefore, the Garmisch Concept features rather unusual vertical radio on the center console, a fold-out mirror for the passenger and interesting materials.
The most distinctive styling element of the car is a derivative of BMW’s signature kidney-shaped grille which is now square. The honeycomb mesh design for the rear window is a trademark Gandini design, and it shows up on the Garmisch here, too. BMW used a 2002 chassis to build the original on top of, same with this new Garmisch.