1960’s automotive styling is revered and considered to be the peak of automotive design because it was, well, the peak of automotive design. It was the end of the era where cars were designed only by artists instead of artists and bureaucrats. Automotive regulations constrained artists in building what they truly wanted. They had to consider requirements for bumpers and other nonsense.
Does the Vintage capture that elegant 1960’s design? Kind of. It looks like it’s from that era, but it isn’t elegant like the stand-out cars of that era.
That’s because it seems to have been styled by a Russian James May.
The interior is garish. It’s a hodgepodge of 1960’s (and 1950’s) materials and trends stuck on top of a modern BMW. There’s a lot of burled walnut (which I like), lots of teal and cream colored accents, mother of pearl trim, crystal, and a lot of Paisley.
The Bilenkin Vintage looks very well made. However, combining every single design element from an era of elegant design does not result in an elegant design.