Car bodies are my passion. It’s the passion for designing cars. I have new ideas every day.
I enjoy painting, creating something. Creativity is a must for me. And why should I stop at 80? The 1970s at BMW mean a lot to me. From 1970 to 1974,
I had the opportunity to design the new BMW series. I created many designs
as visions of the future for BMW. I started
the first design for the 5-Series in the early 1970s. The idea for the 1500
was a leap into the future. It had a slightly elongated line
that wasn’t aggressive and offered a clear view. And, of course, the kidney grille
and the two twin headlamps. It has to remain a BMW.
A car must have a signature. My signature is this guard strip. It stretches the form of the car body. I had this idea 20 years ago, and I was able to implement it for BMW. A car is a moving sculpture. And I continually tried
to make a modern 327 Roadster. Seeing the BMW Turbo again
is a huge pleasure for me. I designed this car
from bumper to bumper. I even designed the wheels. To commemorate the 327,
I created the rear wheel fairing. The timeframe was very short.
Six months for a drivable car. And it worked out. This was the first concept car
in BMW’s history. And time has remained kind to me,
as the form has remained modern. My whole life, I spent more time in the car workshop
than in the design office. For the 1:1 model
is the most important model. I often collaborated with
the model-makers and was happy to do so. This was the famous 1600 TI. Naturally, the idea behind it
was to create a new series, together with the 3-Series. Then we made this car. Slightly larger, with a lot of power. But with a soft line and classically formed all-around. My wife is always involved in my work.
She also criticises it. She has always accompanied me,
and she also loves cars. Have a look. This elongated line
was already visible in the 520. This line
was already a feature of the 520. It’s a very beautiful feeling. From the first 5-Series car until now,
I’ve been involved for 40 years. But our job is still quite difficult. You’re forced to fight against time,
as time is your enemy. But the form has to last forever.
That’s what I always tried to do. As long as
I’m still in control of my head and my hands, I will work. My name is Paul Bracq. I worked at BMW from ’71 to ’74
as head designer.