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Who is Paul Bracq?

MASTER COACH BUILDER, SCULPTOR, PAINTER

From BORDEAUX, FRANCE


13 DEC, 1933    Born in Bordeaux, France.
     
1950 - 1953   Boulle School of designs, Paris.
First Prize, competition for Sculpture in wood.
     
1953   "Chambre Syndicale de la Carrosserie",coachbuilders association.  Full size drawings.
     
1953 - 1954   Assistant to designer Philippe Charbonneaux.
The Pegaso coupé publicity show vehicle.
Presidential limousine project - Citroën.
     
1954 - 1957   Military Service in Germany, aerial division.
Fatalistic encounter with Daimler-Benz.
     
1957 - 1967   Chief of advanced design studios at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Participation in the design of the Mercedes 230 SL Pagode, 220 S Coupé, 250, 600, 220 D.
Design Research on coachbuilders "Wankel motor" projects.
Illustrations for Mercedes catalogues and several coachbuilders patents.
     
1967 - 1970   Return to France to work at Brissonau & Lotz.
Participation in the creation of the TGV for the French Railway Company.
Design prototype BMW based on 1600 T.I.
Design study for a coupé based on the SIMCA 1100.
     
1970 - 1974   Appointed Director at BMW in Munich, Germany.
Design Direction of the 520 - 2002 Turbo - 320 - Coupé 630 - 7 Series - 2 BMW Turbo concept cars as well as many projects for Coupés and Sedans 12 cylinders which were pre-empted by the oil crisis.
The BMW Turbo prototype was elected as The Concept-Car Of The Year 1973 by the "Revue Automobile Suisse" and in 1992, won in the same category "Bagatelle Concours d'Elegance".
     
1974 - 1996   Returned to France - Chief of interior design at Peugeot for the 305, 505, 205, 405, 106, 406 and 206.
Personal transport for the Pope.
Interiors of Concept-cars such as Quasar, Proxima and Oxia.
Many international conferences on the subject of the art of coachbuilding in France, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy and in the U.S.A.
Member of the Automotive Fine Art Society (A.F.A.S.)
     
AUG, 1989   First prize in oil painting at the A.F.A.S. concourse (Concors d'Elegance) in Pebble Beach, California.
Was honored "Chevalier National de l'ordre de mérite", affirmation of cultural standing.
     
Spring 1991 - Present   Introduced on a Japanese automotive magazine called "SUPER Car Graphic" as the most succeed automotive artist.
Re-introduced in Europe by the millenium special issue of an Italian famous authoritative magazine for automotive design called "Auto & Design".
Paul is vigorously continuing his art works for numerous collectors around the world.

 

 

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