Wilhelm Hofmeister (automobile designer)

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Wilhelm Hofmeister (1912–1978) was the BMW design chief from 1955 to 1970.[1]

Trained as an engineer at the Hamburg Wagenbauschule,[2] he was more a skillful manager than a stylist. He is credited with the design of the BMW New Class and the Hofmeister kink is named after him.[3]

Hofmeister's predecessor at BMW was Peter Szymanowski and his successor was Paul Bracq.


  1. ^ BMW design history (German)
  2. ^ Bayley, Stephen (2009). Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything. Conran Octopus Inc. ISBN 9781840915358. 
  3. ^ BMW USA website

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