Hang on a minute you’re thinking – didn’t Uwe Bahnsen oversee the design of the Montego-rivalling jellymould? Well, yes he did, but he took his inspiration from elsewhere…
Back in 1967 Pininfarina re-clothed the fantastically packaged (yet bulbous) BMC 1800 model with a swooping kamm-tailed bodyshell to create the Berlina Aerodinamica – widely recognised as the inspiration for the Citroën GS and models. BMC top brass however were not quite ready for the aerodynamic future and, with the spectre of Leyland looming, it progressed no further than a highly influential show car.
One could speculate that among those influenced was David Bache. Bache’s Rover SD1 styling proposal four years later bore a striking resemblance to the Berlina Aerodinamica – its rear quarter view being particularly similar in concept.
So, how does a corporate designed luxury car from the mind of an Italian coachbuilder, father the radical family Ford?
Simple really: in 1983 Uwe Bahnsen cited the Rover SD1 as something to admire (he had a scale model of it on his desk). It was a vehicle invested by its Designer with a considerable measure of symbolism – but was disastrously compromised by BL; and proved to be a lost opportunity, which Ford ended up exploiting.
So, neither the booted Citroëns, nor the Audi 80/Volkswagen Passat (the Sierra benchmark) were responsible for the jellymould – it was David Bache: the father of the Sierra.