Journal: Legendary French Designer Paints Vivid Automotive Art

Legendary French Designer Paints Vivid Automotive Art

By Petrolicious Productions
March 25, 2014

Born in Bordeaux in 1933, Mr. Paul Bracq studied wood sculpting and then began producing drawings for the Chamber of Coachbuilders Association in Paris. He worked briefly for Citroën before his compulsory military service. It was his service that led Paul to his first contact with Mercedes-Benz, as he was stationed in the French occupation zone of Germany, which would eventually become a position as head of Daimler-Benz’s Advanced Design studio in Sindelfingen.

There, Paul would go on to design many renowned Mercedes-Benzes such as the 230SL Pagoda and the W108 series. But his most famous work came later while he was the head of design for BMW in the early 1970s. He was responsible for the 2002 Turbo, the E21 3-series and the “Turbo” concept that eventually became the vaunted M1.

He did a stint at Peugeot, worked on France’s TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse, literally very high speed train) and the 1970s version of the Popemobile. Clearly an accomplished designer and talented artist, we’re eager to share some selected examples of his art with you. His styles vary, but one constant is the rich, striking colors that Paul employs. Nowadays, he can be found working on private design consulting and judging shows such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

If you’d like to see more of his work, click here.

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6 years ago

Nice to see the pictures which I scanned from a russian car magazine 10 years ago. I can identtify it on the black edge

James Schollum
James Schollum
9 years ago

What’s the BMW in the bottom right corner?

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
9 years ago

This artist got some serious talent on his hands right there. I love when a artist just doesnt draw something out but really tries to give you sense of passion and direction. You can can really get a sense of what the artist its trying to go after. I must confess i didnt really know the artist/ designer that well but i think his body of work speaks for itself. He helped design one of my favorite all time Mercedes-benz the 230SL/250SL/280SL coupé. He also designed the BMW turbo concept whos theme would later be used in the BMW M1