Pietro Frua was one of many main Italian coachbuilder throughout the 1950s and 60s, throughout that superb period of automotive design, BMW commissioned him to create two prototype 1600 GT Convertibles. Frua was already recognised for his work on the 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Coupé and the Renault Floride throughout his tenure at Ghia Design. Thus, in his succesful arms, the BMW 1600 GT Convertible, one of many rarest basic automobiles was born in 1967.
Infamously, one prototype crashed throughout testing, leaving the only remaining Pietro Frua 1600 GT Convertible within the arms of a vital majority shareholder of BMW AG, Herbert Quandt. In the final 50 years, the basic convertible handed by means of many arms earlier than BMW Group Classic acquired the classic car throughout a non-public sale.
Ultra-rare Pietro Frua BMW 1600 GT convertible Restored to Glory
The inimitable Frua handed in June 1983, that meant that lower than veteran designers and coachbuilders needed to work on such an important piece of automotive historical past. The one-of-a-kind BMW 1600 GT Convertible with Frua coachwork needed to be restored by BMW Classic Group’s vocational coaching workforce. After being tracked down and bought, the trainees and apprentices at BMW’s Dingolfing manufacturing unit, the birthplace of the basic convertible.
For 7 years, the classic Frua coachwork 1600 GT Convertible was fastidiously restored to its unique situation and specs beneath the steerage of vocational workforce mentors. BMW Group Classic then assisted in manufacturing of the classic mechanical elements or essential bodywork that have been lacking or not in manufacturing, re-creating replicas from heritage plans for the basic automotive. What resulted was the silver bodywork with crimson inside and crimson convertible prime which ignited the creativeness of in-the-know automotive fanatics of the 60s.
In phrases of design provenance, Frua had beforehand designed a variety of automobiles for Glas, Germany’s smallest car-maker on the peak of his profession, engaged on the Glas 1300 GT and Glas 1700. When BMW acquired Glas, this little bit of serendipitous crossroads allowed Frua to work instantly with BMW. Taking a Glas sports activities coupe, Pietro Frua then experimented with numerous BMW elements together with grilles, headlights and engines (104bhp engine from a BMW 1600 Ti in truth) and from there, a heritage for convertible prototypes started.
The restored 1600 GT BMW convertible can be exhibited as a part of BMW Group Classic’s assortment. Covering a complete space of 13,000 sq. metres, the positioning is situated across the nook from BMW Group headquarters, near BMW Welt, the BMW Museum and the BMW Group Plant. Besides amenities for attending to all elements of basic automobiles, comparable to restoration, spare elements and an archive, Incidentally, this historic assortment of buildings as soon as included the very first BMW Group plant in Munich, fittingly, the model’s previous has now turn into a part of its future.