What is the Hoffmeister Kink?
The Hofmeister kink is an automotive design feature that consists of a low forward bend at the C-pillar. A characteristic element of nearly all modern BMW vehicles, it is named for Wilhelm Hofmeister, BMW design chief from 1955-1970. The first BMWs to feature it were the BMW 3200 CS and the BMW 1500 shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1961. In early models, the widened base of the C-pillar sometimes featured the BMW roundel. Apart from its stylistic effect, the Hofmeister kink is said by BMW to suggest that all BMW models have rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive biased to the rear). Enjoy the video, as we examine the Hoffmeister over the years of BMW design