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BMW 100th Anniversary Concept Rendered

Founded in 1916 by Franz Josef Popp, BMW will celebrate its centenary in three years. However, some people link the German company to Karl Friedrich Rapp, the man who set the foundations of BMW in 1913 by creating the Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH, a company that built aircraft engines before becoming BMW AG.
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To make a long story short, car designer Dejan Hristov decided to pay tribute to Karl Friedrich Rapp by rendering a BMW 100th Anniversary Concept. “The basic idea was to embrace the history of BMW making this concept represent of everything that BMW stands for as a company, like some sublimation of every model of vehicle that came out on the market so far under the design signature of BMW,” says Hristov.

Designed as a two-seat barchetta, the Rapp Concept sports an aggressive overall design which is also enhance by the slanting front grille. The latter reminds us of the great BMW that were penned in the 1960s and 1970s. Though Hristov says its inspired by the 2002 model, the grille reminds us more of the first 6 Series model (E24).

Moving on, this stunning concept also blends several retro touches with modern features. Fitted with doors that open backwards, like pre-WW2 cars, and an onward-opening bonnet, the Rapp Concept also gained a “modern safety roll bar that automatically pops up in a case of accident.”

One thing’s sure, this vehicle looks simply stunning and manages to be a successor to several famous BMW models thanks to the array of details Hristov put into it, including the 328, 507 or the 3.0 CSL. Check it out for yourselves in the photo gallery section below.

Story via Dejan Hristov

 

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