The Hungarian BMW is beautiful
Sketches of the 21st century 2000CS
In the mid-sixties, when BMW was still trying to position itself on the market and was busy fining its style, the company has made a few cars of questionable aesthetic value. One of those was the first modern mid-size BMW, the coupé version of Neue Klasse, marketed as 2000 CS.
The Hungarian designer based his design on the specs and dimensions of the current BMW 6, which he endowed with the characteristic features of the 2000 CS, like the grille resembling a rodent’s teeth and the headlights aligning with the edge of the hood neatly. Surprisingly, the up-to-date redesign works a lot better than the original, although I can’t put my finger on the exact reason. It might be the graceful arch of the belt line, the robust build of the car, or the shorter overhangs, but the CS Vintage is no doubt far more well-set-up.
What makes the design really alluring is exactly what made Obendorfer’s earlier work so fascinating: without being overwrought, the result is much more intriguing and has far more character than what the designers at BMW ever achieve. The shape is uncomplicated still awe-inspiring, full of character and arresting – something that is getting increasingly rare among the mass-produced models. Should one surface every now and then, it obviously falls victim to the many meetings, financial calculation and technological necessity.