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Uwe Bahnsen (1930 in Hamburg – 2013 in France) was a German car designer. After an apprenticeship as a window dresser Bahnsen studied at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. From 1958 to 1986 he held various positions with Ford Europe, most recently as vice president for design. During this time his designs included the Taunus 17m and the Capri II. Bahnsen was also a motor sport enthusiast, and in the 1960s he organised a Ford Works Team. He was a team member involved with the design of the Mk1 Capri, working with chief stylist Phil Clark.
In 1986 Bahnsen became training director at the Art Center College of Design in La Tour-de-Peilz (Switzerland), which he ran between 1990 and 1995. In 1992 he was elected to the Executive Board of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and was its president from 1995 to 1997. Uwe Bahnsen was Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and International Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Bahnsen directed the design of the following vehicles:
- Ford Taunus 17m "Bathtub" (1960),
- Ford Taunus TC TC "Knudsen" (1970),
- Ford Capri II (1973),
- Ford Taunus / Cortina IV (1976),
- Ford Fiesta I (1976)
- Ford Granada II (1977)
- Ford Capri III, (II Facelift) (1978),
- Ford Escort III (1980)
- Ford Sierra (1982)
- Ford Scorpio I / Granada III (1985)
- Ford Transit (1986)
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