Two cents worth: Bangle cars had personality

I'm jaded, so I'm joining John to joyfully justify my opinion: Bangle cars were my jam

35w ago

Somewhere along the line two things happened. One, car shows became tech fests and two, global institutions determined we were only allowed to breathe once a day - so as not to emit CO2 of course - and we should stop doing anything and everything right this moment to save the planet. Cars were hit fast and hard. The institutional reaction is always the same: blame it on cars. And so they've been taxed and taxed and then taxed some more. And then more safety rules were implemented and emission regulations became tighter than an airplane bathroom.

Modern cars may be expensive and heavy, but they are at least boring. But we shouldn't blame it on designers. Whenever we look at a new car, we always have to remember that the team of designers that came up with it had to swim through an ocean of regulations, rules, limits and smallprint before they were allowed to use something that vaguely resembles creativity. This brings me on neatly to Chris Bangle.

With the exception of the X7 and the 1-Series, I struggle to tell which modern BMW is which. But when you close your eyes I bet you can remember every single Chris Bangle BMW. The 5-Series, the one with the slanted eyes; the 7-Series, the one with the oddly shaped rear end; and then the Z4 and the 3-Series and my personal favourite, the beautifully awkward 6-Series. And that's before we get to other cars he designed like the Fiat Coupe or the Alfa 145.

Each BMW designed by Bangle had its own personality. Partly, this is probably because he was allowed to do more because there were fewer regulations back then but it's also because he had ideas and he wasn't afraid to see them through.

For once, I have to agree with Mr Coleman. Regular service with banter about Richard Mille will be resumed shortly.


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Comments (20)

  • I completely agree. Much more unique looking and stylish than current BMW's.

      8 months ago
  • I've always loved the Bangle BMWs, all of them were super beautiful to me from day one, and I still believe the E63 6 Series is legitimately one of the nicest looking BMWs ever to be made and I would love to have one of those.

      8 months ago
  • I think you raise a point that is very much worth consideration: style is subjective, and unique style, while potentially alienating to some, adds more to the world than generic style. I thought the Bangle 7 series was just stunning when it first came out. However, I didn’t like the 6 or the Z4. I think that M5 is the most exciting to look at. To me it’s kind of like the Zagato Aston Martins. You may or may not like them, but the world is a more interesting place with them in it.

      8 months ago
  • Secretly, he also designed the Fiat Multipla, the Pontiac Aztek and the Ssanyong Rodius. Unmistakable style! 😁

      8 months ago
    • Allegedly seen drunk with Giolito back in late 90's...

      When they both went through rehab, Giolito did the 500 and Bangle straightened up the 7series...

        8 months ago
  • #funstuff #carstories

      8 months ago