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Designed for eternity: the creations of Albrecht Graf Goertz.
The draft designs for the BMW 503 and the BMW 507 came from the hand of a young German designer – Albrecht Graf Goertz. A student of the famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy, Goertz succeeded in combining long and sleek side-lines and a powerful, muscular front end with a touch of elegance and lightness previously offered only by Italian car designers. To this day, this combination is acknowledged as a wonderful example of the sporting elegance expressed by the BMW 6 Series.
The BMW 503 was also a trendsetter in technical terms: Parts of the car’s body were made of aluminium, and the light-alloy V8 accelerated both the Coupé and the Convertible to a top speed of 190 km/h or 118 mph.
A brake servo came as standard, and starting in 1957 the transmission was connected directly to the engine, offering the driver a centre stickshift instead of the conventional gearshift lever on the steering wheel.
The BMW 503 was the choice of the truly discerning individualist thrilled by dynamic motoring, elegance and progressive technology – and as early as in the 1950s, it had all the flair, style and qualities characterising BMW’s Luxury Coupés to this very day.
The BMW 503 was replaced in 1962 by another coupé proudly bearing testimony to the Italian roots of its design – the BMW 3200 CS, an extremely attractive but at the same time remarkably spacious coupé designed by the renowned Turino coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone.
Bertone showed his particular style and handwriting above all on the elegant, almost hovering design of the car’s greenhouse. The low, flowing roof-line, together with its panorama rear window, served likewise to give this two-door a touch of discreet and sporting elegance. And last but certainly not least, the BMW 3200 CS was the first BMW to feature that counter-swing in the C-pillar introduced by BMW’s Chief Designer Wilhelm Hofmeister in the “New Range” saloons launched in the same year. Now famous as the “Hofmeister kick”, this particular design feature remains typical of the BMW brand to this very day.

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Pure driving pleasure, pure lightness in design.
The BMW 3200 CS was the epitome of prestige and noblesse, its 160-hp light-alloy V8 power unit giving the car a top speed of 200 km/h or 124 mph. And even though production of 603 units sold up to the year 1965 remained below BMW’s original expectations, the positive influence of this Luxury Performance Coupé on the image of the brand was of great significance.
Even more than the BMW 3200 CS, the next model launched in 1965 came with all the style and qualities of that typical Italian “lightness”. And these strengths were combined with inner values focusing entirely on sheer driving pleasure: The new two-door was powered by a modern 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing 100 hp in the BMW 2000 C and an even more impressive 120 hp in the BMW 2000 CS thanks to its double carburettors. At the same time the new model was approximately 300 kilos or 662 lb lighter than its predecessor, making the car extremely agile. And it was a truly stylish new model offering particular luxury and driving pleasure also thanks to the automatic transmission which proved to be so popular among customers everywhere.
BMW’s Chief Designer Wilhelm Hofmeister had carefully honed and perfected the discreet elegance of the Coupé’s design, adding a number of striking styling features. The filigree form of the roof with its slender A- and C-pillars, together with the “Hofmeister kick”, and the unmistakable front end with its trapezoidal headlights and the extra-slender BMW double kidney radiator grille gave both the BMW 2000 C and the BMW 2000 CS truly unique character.
At the end of the day this re-orientation certainly showed the desired effect, with BMW selling more than 7,000 units in the first year alone.

Increasing the focus on sports: BMW Coupés in the 1970s.
Through its elegant flair alone, the BMW 2000 CS quickly gained growing popularity in the market, but in the course of time more and more customers asked for more power. And the car that fulfilled this wish in 1968 was the BMW 2800 CS, its 2.8-litre 170-hp six-cylinder marking only the beginning. For it was followed up to 1973 by the BMW 3.0 CS, the BMW 3.0 CSi and the BMW 3.0 CSL featuring six-cylinder power units developing 180 and, respectively, 200 hp from 3.0 litres, with an even more impressive 206 hp offered by the most powerful 3.2-litre version. These models were originally conceived for motorsport where they were destined to play a dominating role until far into the 1970s.
The extra power of these new models was visibly displayed also through the exterior styling, a longer engine compartment lid giving the Coupé a more dynamic line and ensuring truly perfect proportions from every angle. Round dual headlights, in turn, created a sporting look, while the interior exuded the flair of luxury performance in every respect on account of a wide range of innovations in technology and top-class materials, not to mention air conditioning, electric window lifts, and leather upholstery.
No other car at the time was able to offer a comparable standard of sporting performance borne out by sheer speed and power and confirmed time and again by outstanding success on the race track – with all this being offered in a unique body full of elegance and luxury.
Providing these qualities, BMW’s large coupés had found their characteristic style, sales of more than 44,000 units up to the year 1975 also making them a success in business. Their long story of victory on the race track continued even longer, adding up, inter alia, to no less than six European Touring Car Championships between 1973 and 1979.

Dynamism and elegance clearly expressed by the number “6”.
In 1976 the number “6” for the first time became an unparalleled symbol of dynamism combined with stylish elegance, when BMW presented its new Luxury Performance Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show. Created by BMW’s French Chief Designer Paul Bracq, the BMW 6 Series introduced in the guise of the BMW 630 CS and the BMW 633 CSi offered extra length and width and, as a result, even more space and comfort within the interior. The roof once again boasted that elegant lightness, and the front section forming a sleek arrow showed challenging, sporting style right from the start.
Within the engine compartment a 3.0- and, respectively, 3.2-litre straight-six offered a more than ample 185 and, respectively, 200 hp maximum output. And starting in 1978 a 3.5-litre power unit derived directly from motorsport churned out an even more impressive 218 hp in the BMW 635 CSi.
The BMW 6 Series was a truly outstanding car not only on account of its excellent driving dynamics, but also with its ultra-modern technology, its supreme comfort and safety. Indeed, this quickly made it the innovation spearhead of the BMW brand, underlining its supreme popularity among connoisseurs of exclusive, sporting and elegant two-door models everywhere. Production up to the year 1989 amounted to no less than 86,216 Coupés.
The BMW 8 Series marked yet another technological milestone in the development of the sporting Luxury Performance Coupé in the 1990s.
With its highly aerodynamic body design featuring pop-up headlights, with unparalleled style and luxury and truly outstanding performance, the BMW 8 Series initially entering the market as the BMW 850i and then offered as the BMW 850CSi, BMW 850Ci, and BMW 840Ci, was a truly exceptional car in every respect. Featuring both eight- and twelve-cylinder power units with output of up to 380 hp, this successful Coupé was built in a production run of more than 31,000 units.

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Patience always pays off: the second BMW 6 Series, now also as a Convertible.
Ever since the late ’50s and the BMW 503 Convertible, BMW had concentrated in the development of open four-seaters on smaller car segments. But the one-off demonstration model of an open-air BMW 3200 CS to be admired today in the BMW museum clearly shows that the creativity of BMW’s designers and development engineers would also have paved the way for other open-air models. On account of market conditions, however, BMW decided to pursue another strategy.
The renaissance of the large BMW Convertible in 2004 then came as an even more impressive surprise, a Convertible version of the second BMW 6 Series entering the market only a few months after the Coupé. Both models once again brought to life the outstanding thrill of a sporting open-air luxury performance car based on a long tradition of excellence.
Within just three years the BMW 6 Series gained a firm position in the topmost segment of the market as an incomparably desirable driving machine for the individualist seeking to express his – or her – sense of dynamism, exclusivity, and innovative technology through the car of his choice.
By February 2007 no less than 75,352 units of the BMW 6 Series came off the production line, to be precise 41,446 Coupés and 33,906 Convertibles.
As a result, the current BMW 6 Series accounted for more than 85 per cent of its predecessor’s total sales volume in just the first half of its lifecycle, immediately moving up to second place in the highly prestigious segment of luxurious sports cars.
The new BMW 6 Series adds final perfection to the prize-winning design of the Coupé and Convertible, adding specific highlights at exactly the right points. Innovations in drivetrain technology and in the driver assistance and safety systems also serve to sharpen the profile of an exceptionally progressive car literally pampering its owner through motoring refinement of the highest standard.
The BMW 6 Series thus fulfils all the expectations of the discerning individualist with a clear definition of supreme demands. And in the process the BMW 6 Series Coupé offers a particularly stylish option for enjoying driving dynamics at its best, while the BMW 6 Series Convertible bears out the joy of driving pleasure in the open air with both sporting performance and elegant design. In both cases, of course, the driver is able to share this exceptional driving experience with up to three occupants.
Apart from the four seats and the high level of comfort, the spacious luggage compartment offered both by the Convertible (300 litres/10.5 cu ft with the roof open, 350 litres/12.3 cu ft with the roof closed) and, even more, by the Coupé (450 litres/15.8 cu ft) ensures not only all the amenities required for grand touring, but also all the pleasures of everyday motoring.
In a nutshell, therefore, the 6 BMW Series Coupé and the BMW 6 Series Convertible offer truly exceptional driving pleasure and, at the same time, the option to really enjoy this pleasure day in and day out.
Offering a standard of credibility quite unique in its segment, the BMW 6 Series represents the most up-to-date values in our modern day and age, among them uncompromising quality, unpretentious and dynamic elegance, supreme everyday driving abilities, and now also the superior economy of the BMW 635d.
With characteristics of this kind and calibre, the BMW 6 Series is widely acknowledged and lauded also outside its classical target group. Indeed, it is one of the few cars able to generate a fundamentally positive impression on the road, notwithstanding its supreme exclusivity. And since this positive impression enhances the joy of motoring to an even higher level, giving the driver the opportunity to really identify with his car, the BMW 6 Series is highly popular among motorists who use their car also as a means of professional transport. Or, to put it in different words, wherever you wish to go, the BMW 6 Series will take you there in grand style and with supreme performance in every respect.

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:39  
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