• Mar 28, 2014
Designer David Obendorfer doesn't work for BMW, but perhaps the German automaker should give him a call. His CS Vintage Concept shows a singular ability to understand the brand's classic style and reinterpret it for today. He isn't some amateur, either. Obendorfer has an industrial design degree and has been penning the interiors and exteriors of yachts from the Officina Italiana Design for five years, which counts luxury shipbuilders like Riva and Sanlorenzo among its clients. His website shows a real passion and knack for modernizing '60s and '70s European cars, too.

Obendorfer prefers to reimagine classic automotive styles. "Retro cars are not copies of their predecessors or renovated specimens, rather they are carefully studied reconsiderations, strongly rooted in contemporary style," he tells Autoblog. For the CS Vintage Concept, he worked to update the looks of the seminal BMW 2000CS and its E9 chassis while placing them on a modern platform. Obendorfer's inspiration comes from his belief that the later CS models' design is partially responsible for defining BMW styling, with its shark-nose front and four round headlights.

The CS Vintage Concept's shape starts with a jutting hood and a quartet of LED headlights, but the whole design really comes together in profile. The Hofmeister Kink at the rear pillar with the BMW Roundel is a nice nod to the originals, yet the proportions still find the perfect fusion of classic and modern. The interior is minimalist, with a vast expanse of wood for the dashboard at first glance, but the latter opens to expose the car's infotainment system.

"The design with the four round headlights has proved to be a winning style pattern that BMW has been carrying on for over 35 years," said Obendorfer about his inspiration. Judging by his work shown in the gallery above and the video below, it would appear there's plenty of life left in it, too.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Like a BMW Challenger. More interesting than anything BMW is doing now.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I loved and supported and purchased many BMWs but left due to boredom recently. This is a move in the right direction, a big move to winning me back!
      Michael D. Mitchell
      • 8 Months Ago
      Now THIS is a desirable BMW... The 635 CSi is one of my all-time faves, and I think this reboot does the CS series justice. The lines are taut, sleek, and athletic, with the right amount of elegance and refinement. Definitely easier on the eyes than the current crop of portly BMWs. I want one...
      • 8 Months Ago
      BMW needs this sort of designer . This is much prettier than anything bmw has done in the last 5 years. Especially the current ugly 3 series , with its ugly hood line. I thought only Audi knew how to do clean lines. If BMW made this I would buy it. It is too gorgeous.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow. It's been over 20 years since I saw a (mass-produced) BMW that I thought justified the brands namesake. Well done, sir!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Proves retro can be sexy? Hello?! The Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and more already proved that years ago.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is a great argument for the return of coach-built cars. Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to choose from several body styles on a trusted platform? I guarantee designs like the Volvo XC concept and this would sell much better than the companies own designs.
      • 8 Months Ago
      if a Dodge Challenger and a BMW had babies they'd look like this.
      • 8 Months Ago
      A Challenger appears!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Best looking Bimmer since the Bertone z4.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love everything about it except the front end. The front end needs serious work. Way too much vertical distance & blank space. The rooflne, profile & rear are gorgeous. Fix the front end & build this, BMW. Please.
      • 8 Months Ago
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