The famous BMW Hofmeister kink why still there after 55 years?
If we ask you to tell us how would you identify visually a BMW, we are convinced that you would answer us looking at the front of the car, and identifying their classic kidneys. BMW usually enjoy other features of well-defined design, an elongated front, a marked line, but none of them as unmistakable as the kidneys. But if we find other details that are present from nothing more and nothing less than 55 years and today we see in any model, such as the BMW 3 Series or the BMW 6 Series (with bodywork Gran Coupé) of photography illustrates this entry. And that's where the time about the famous Hofmeister kink arrives. But what is the fold Hofmeister and why still there?
The Hofmeister kink is that angle we see in the rear pillar of the BMW, which makes the pillar widening forward and backward, so that the angle between the abutment with the shoulder line of the car is smooth, not ends in a pointed apex.
This fold was first used in 1961, and although it could improve some technical aspects, such as structural rigidity and provide more support pillars supporting the roof, actually BMW has preserved this key design that It was named in honor fold Hofmeister BMW designer who introduced the BMW 3200 CS 1961, for aesthetics.
BMW continues to recognize the Hofmeister kink as a sign of identity that emphasizes the architecture of its cars, rear-wheel drive.
But even more curious history how was the BMW 3200 CS and how they could get the BMW Hofmeister curve. Gossips say that BMW noticed that the coupe body Lancia Flaminia fit perfectly into the chassis of the BMW 3200L sedan, and someone even proposed to take the opportunity for that body of Pininfarina, with kidneys in the front , would fit into a new product from BMW. But the German mark, far from reusing a design that Lancia was already using, chose the no less interesting strategy to instruct Bertone design a coupe body type for the BMW 3200S.
And that is how born the BMW 3200 CS, and perhaps also how the fold Hofmeister came to BMW, since that famous curve, we now recognize in most BMWs made since then, and was allowed to see some models of Lancia like the Flaminia itself. A fold thanks to which, among other things, the BMW 3200 CS had a wide enough to fit the rear pillar BMW emblem.