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Robert Emslie December 4, 2012 Hooniverse Asks 28 Comments

The Beach Boys once sang she’s not the little girl I once knew about the realization that a once too-young and dowdy young lass has suddenly turned into an object of male conquest. If you’re into oldies, and falsetto, it’s a staple.  BMW, like that that little girl that was once known, has also changed, although many would aver not for the better. The Roundel brand once was known for several iconic styling elements – vertical twin kidney grilles, an aggressive shark nose, and a dogleg in the C-pillar window line – but has recently eschewed their traditional presentation.

The last of those iconic elements is generally known as the Hofmeister Kink, named as such after Wilhelm Hofmeister, BMW’s Director of Design at the time of the Neue Klasse’s debut in 1961. Those early 1500s were the first BMWs to feature the design element, but many would follow. It’s only been in the past decade or so that “the Hof” has been massaged and softened to be almost unrecognizable, much as has BMWs equally iconic twin grilles.

But just as many other cars today offer the obviously un-patentable styling element, so too did a number predating BMW’s adoption of it as a brand icon. What we want to know today is which cars you think have the best Hofmeister Kinks, and AREN’T BMWs. What do you think, which non-Bavarian is the most Hofmeister Kinky?

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  1. TDI_FTW says:

    I think the Vauxhall VXR8 carries the "kink" quite well. At least it's a car worthy of the kink!

    <img src="http://photo.netcarshow.com/Vauxhall-VXR8_2007_photo_0e.jpg&quot; width="600">

    Image credit: <a href="http://www.netcarshow.com” target=”_blank”>www.netcarshow.com

  2. Vavon says:

    I really like the interpretation of the the Hofmeister Kink on the first VW Golf (or Rabbit).
    <img src="http://www.parts-specs.nl/photos/0604205-Volkswagen-Golf-GTI-1976.jpg&quot; width="600/">

  3. Tanshanomi says:

    I think to be a really effective kink, it needs to have a body crease continuing back from the bottom of the window.

    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1857/1741/4640870003_large.jpg"&gt;

  4. Devin says:

    <img src="http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1980-1989-cadillac-16.jpg"&gt;

    Guess you don't need to buy a BMW folks, you can get one of these fine things and it even has a kink in there.

    (Best has been substituted for "most amusing" in this instance).

  5. P161911 says:

    <img src="http://images02.olx.com/ui/2/74/09/34296509_1.jpg"width=500&gt;

    The Caprice didn't get the kink until it became an Impala. (At least this gen.)

    • topdeadcentre says:

      The Caprice that didn't have the kink at the rear side window looked *awful*.

      The Impala SS on this platform looked… even better.

  6. Tanshanomi says:

    <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/cougar_kink.jpg"&gt;
    Cougar. Somewhat subtle, but definitely there.

  7. PotbellyJoe says:

    A60 Celica Liftback?

    <img src="http://www.toyoland.com/images/celica-v8/celica.jpg&quot; width=500>

  8. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    <img src="http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/1999-honda-civic-vp_100027764_m.jpg"&gt; Maybe not the best, but when I see these in profile, I can't get itsy-bitsy BMW out of my head.

  9. owl says:

    Never understood the Hofmeister kink. this was a standard Michelotti design feature which appeared on the Triumph 1500/1750 Dolomite range through the late 60s/70s, contemporary with the BMW 2002; and also on the DAF 44/55/66 of the same era again by Michelotti.
    Sorry cant post pictures from work.

    As all my fellow hoons have shown, its a good styling feature to resolve C pillar thickness (except for VW who didn't get the point at all…)

  10. Scandinavian Flick says:

    More of a swoop than a kink, but on the Volvo P1800, it works well in that it flows with the rest of the lines.

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/ZnONK.jpg&quot; width="500">

  11. Scandinavian Flick says:

    Does it count if it starts at the top of the window? Is so…

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/BUGsm.jpg&quot; width="500">

  12. My mind tries hard but every time I think of "best" and "Hoffmeister kink" it goes back to BMW E-9.
    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/plugins/PostviaEmail/images/1972_1973_1974_BMW_CSL_E9_Coupe_Collection_For_Sale_resize.jpg"&gt;
    What was the question again??

  13. Tomsk says:

    The 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe wears it as well as any Bimmer does.

    <img src="http://www.classiccar.com/images/carpict/00014613/Oldsmobile–14613_1.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  14. XRSevin says:

    I like the combo kink and Darrin Dip in the Kaiser ad myself. I wonder if we'll ever again see the windshield bow?
    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2690/4062807453_80402c8b47_z.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://image.hotrod.com/f/featuredvehicles/9506494+w794/p146061_large+1954_kaiser_manhattan_coupe+rear_windshield.jpg&quot; width="600">

  15. ptschett says:

    <img src="http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab40/ptschett/Thunderbird/DSC00131.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    (Of course, part of the idea with the MN12 T-bird was to create a "poor man's BMW"…)

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