BMW celebrates legendary designer Paul Bracq

Automotive Design 18 Dec 2014
BMW celebrates legendary designer Paul Bracq

BMW has produced a video interview with Paul Bracq, legendary designer and artist, BMW head of design from 1971 to 1974 and creator of the iconic 1972 BMW Turbo, the first concept car in the brand’s history.


Paul Bracq is a legend among automotive and industrial designers, and one of those few car designers who also excelled in automotive art: his renderings and illustrations are very popular and have a distinctive style that inspired many designers of the current generation.

Braq was BMW head of design from 1971 to 1974, and during this period he created the 7 Series and the iconic BMW Turbo prototype (1973), that won the “Concept Car of the Year” award by the Revue Automobile Suisse that year.

1973 BMW Turbo Prototype

1973 BMW Turbo Prototype 1973 BMW Turbo Prototype

For more information you can visit his official website at paulbracq.com.

About Paul Bracq

Paul Bracq was born on December 13, 1933, Bordeaux, France. In 1950 he entered the Boulle School of Design in Paris and 1953 he stared a collaboration with Philippe Charbonneaux, at Citroën, where he worked on the for the French Presidential limousine and a one-off Pegaso coupe amongst the other.

From 1954 to 1957 he served his mandatory military service in Germany where he took contact with various automakers.

Paul Bracq at work at the-Mercedes-Benz design studio

Subsequently he worked for Daimler-Benz, where he led the Sindelfingen design studio for ten years. Over this time he styled the 600, 230SL/250SL/280SL coupé, the 220S coupé, the 250 and 220D, the W108 and W114 coupe series, and the W115.

In 1967 he returned to France, where he worked for Brissonau and Lotz, and was responsible for the design of the TGV high-speed passenger train.

1973 BMW Turbo and BMW 320 - Design Sketches by Paul Bracq

In 1970, Bracq became design director at BMW and there he was responsible for the top-of-the-line 7-Series.

Paul Bracq and the BMW Turbo

In 1974 he moved to Peugeot, where he worked on thePope’s personal car and the interior of the Peugeot 604 and 505.

Today Bracq is 81 years old, and is active as a judge in many automotive concours, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

(Source:  BMW, Wikipedia; images: paulbracqbmwturbo.blogspot.com)

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