Geneva Motor Show 50 years ago Models introduced in March 1970


BMW 2002 ti Garmisch Concept

But the Alfa Romeo Montreal was not the only car at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show designed by Marcello Gandini. Another interesting exhibit was the 2002 ti Garmisch Concept, designed by Gandini on behalf of Nuccio Bertone. Alas, the concept disappeared without a trace shortly after the show, so in 2019 BMW recreated the Garmisch based on another 2002 ti coupe. The replica was presented at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, and it is its photos that are shown here.

The technical part of the Garmisch concept was no different from the regular BMW 2002 ti: 120 horsepower, four cylinders, a pair of Solex carburetors. All efforts of the Bertone studio were devoted to the exterior and interior of the car. By the way, the modern replica of Garmisch was created with the active assistance of Marcello Gandini himself, who would be 82 in August. The new body panels, just like half a century ago, were made in Turin.

Ferrari 512 S Modulo

It’s hard to believe, but the unidentified flying object called the Ferrari 512 S Modulo is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s even harder to believe that this concept, based on the Ferrari 512 S (chassis number 27), was and still is a complete walker. And, according to calculations, it can accelerate to speeds of 350 kilometers per hour – after all, the V12 for the car was borrowed from the 612 Can Am racing sports prototype.

Paolo Martin’s creation was painted black at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, but the car was later repainted white. In 2014, the owner of the unique Ferrari was James Glickenhaus, a famous filmmaker and car collector from Maranello. At his request, the Modulo concept, which had been idle for a long time, was brought to a fully operational condition. Alas, this did not save the car from an unintentional fire in 2019. But fortunately, the damage was not critical – the prototype has already been restored.

Mercedes-Benz C111-II

The Mercedes-Benz C111 prototype lineup, which counts four versions, celebrated its half-century last year, and we prepared a story in two parts for the occasion. And if the first version of the C111 was presented in 1969 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the most famous concept of the range, the C111-II, was first shown six months later at the Geneva exhibition.

The C111-II became not only one of the most recognizable Mercedes-Benz concept cars, but also the most numerous: its “circulation” was 7 copies! The first versions were equipped with rotary engines, but after the 1973 fuel crisis, the work on rotary-piston engines was curtailed, and the C111-II was tested only with conventional piston power units. Subsequently, the C111-II and its successors set several speed records. Not every concept car can boast such a biography.

Range Rover

At the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, the first Range Rover was shown to a limited number of people – the SUV made its public debut only three months later. However, no one really knew much about the Range Rover before the show, because the prototypes, which traveled through deserts and tropical forests, were simply called the Velar. Decades later, Land Rover returned to this name – though, so called the youth version of the Range Rover.

Initially, the Range Rover was only available in three-door versions and only with the Rover 3.5-liter V8 engine. The Lucas injection system, the five-door version all came later. The original Range Rover was so successful that it was produced from 1970 to 1994. Many of these cars are still on the road.

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