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Now comes the successor to the rainbow Porsche

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No Porsche has been more colorful than the rainbow Porsche that Rainer Buchmann refined in the 1970s.

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The car even made a big appearance in the 1980 film "Car-napping – ordered – stolen – delivered". One of the stolen cars was a rainbow Porsche.

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The car with the registration number F-TT 1 remained a one-off. The rainbow stripes were first glued on so …

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… the car was able to advertise the color quality of the Polaroid cameras at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne in 1976. Even the then Federal President Walter Scheel took a seat in the brightly colored sports car.

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But Rainer Buchmann not only refined cars, he also invented numerous things. For example the multifunction steering wheel.

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After the designer had been quiet for many years, he has now spiced up a new, old 911 for a customer.

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However, he seems to have said goodbye to the splendor of the rainbow Porsche. The 911 Targa "Moonracer" has silver linings.

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According to Buchmann, this car is the counterpart to the rainbow Porsche.

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The value of the sports car with the wide fenders should be around 350,000 euros.

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His Porsches from the 1970s are legendary. Tuning legend Rainer Buchmann is considered the inventor of the parking aid and the multifunction steering wheel. Then he went broke. Now he’s daring a comeback.

E.r says he feels like an aging rock star going on tour again. Rainer Buchmann, 69, prefers to wear sneakers at his appearances and a black turtleneck sweater like so many designers. He wears his gray hair long and loose at the photo session.

Buchmann is an icon of the tuning industry, he already coiffed cars when the division was not yet associated with accessories such as foxtail, wide tires and lowering springs. His creations were as colorful as Pril flowers, a statement against the mainstream, flower power for sports car drivers. Hardly any sports car in Saint-Tropez, St. Moritz or on Ku’damm in the 1970s and 80s attracted more attention than a rainbow Porsche by Rainer Buchmann.

And hardly anyone met the taste of vain sheikhs and broadcast-conscious VIPs as well as the Frankfurt tuner. Car magazines celebrated him in cover stories as a thought leader, styling guru and marketing genius. He invented such useful things as parking sensors and the multifunction steering wheel, conveniences that are taken for granted in modern cars.

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With his inventive talent, he and his company bb made it into the limelight of important auto shows and the garages of the super-rich – until the mighty factories themselves discovered tuning as a business model and the bird of paradise had to file for bankruptcy in 1986.

Almost 30 years later, Buchmann is making a comeback. Now in retirement, but full of vigor as ever, he wants to implement new ideas. “Bb is back”, says Buchmann with a smile and shows his latest creation in the classic city of Frankfurt, just a stone’s throw from the first workshop in Sandweg: the Moonracer. The car follows on from Buchmann’s story.

Like the rainbow models, this sports car is also based on a Porsche 911 Targa and has the look of the turbo. Just like when he refurbished the inner workings of the completely restored G-model from 1980, Buchmann has again designed cheeky things – only that in the old Targa he did not install the most advanced entertainment electronics and a car phone for 18,000 marks, but a docking station for it iPad and a modern audio system. The old stripes are still there – but now in subtle silver tones.

The moon follows the sun, and just as the sun conjures up the rainbow for us, so do the silver linings in the moonlight.

Rainer Buchmann, Designer

“It just fits in better with the times than the trendy Polaroid colors,” says Buchmann. He also has an interesting derivation ready for the naming: "The moon follows the sun, and just as the sun conjures up the rainbow for us, the silver linings emerge in the moonlight."

The Frankfurt entrepreneur Klaus-Jurgen Orth is behind the Moonracer project. Even as a student, he pressed his nose against Buchmann’s workshop windows and met his PS idol by chance two years ago in the anteroom of a lawyer, when Orth had poured a few million into the cash register for an IT business. With the money he wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of having his own bb Porsche.

The rainbow Porsche began its career as an advertising medium for the camera manufacturer Polaroid at the Photokina trade fair in 1976 and became the title hero of the trade press thanks to a cleverly arranged seat rehearsal by Federal President Walter Scheel Years younger Mercedes SLS looks like a classic car.

Back then, Buchmann had to assure the brand with the star that the car from 1978 would remain a one-off. But that he was even allowed to lend a hand to the angular flounder was something of an accolade for him. “A tuner never got this permission before and after me,” says the book man and proudly pulls the corresponding letter from the Swabian manufacturer out of the files.

The fact that the car, which is said to be in the collection of the Sultan of Brunei today, is known to every car fanatic is also due to the film "Car Napping". Because the crooks comedy from 1980 about a gang of car dealers was nothing more than a 90-minute long advertising film for Buchmann and his bestsellers. Of course, a lot of Maserati and Mercedes, Lamborghini and Ferrari also drive across the screen. But the main actors are the CW 311 and the rainbow Porsche.

A metal hood that opens at the push of a button

Cars like these increased his profile, so that at weddings he had up to 60 designers, developers, mechanics and painters work for him. He not only changed the shell, he also understood that one has to inspire the illustrious customer base with new technology. Buchmann invented the first digital information system (Dinfo) and built it into a Golf GTI.

Vehicle data such as speed, engine speed and consumption in LED fonts flicker across the instrument displays, and a computer voice can play them back. In 1984, long before the Mercedes SLK could fold its hardtop into the trunk, Buchmann tailored a metal “Magic Top” that turns the S-Class Coupe into a convertible at the push of a button.

With the autofocus sensors from Polaroid he designed the first electronic parking aid. In 1983 he patented the multifunction steering wheel and was able to control 32 functions with six buttons. And even the radio remote control for the central locking celebrated its premiere.

Maserati Ghibli – trident for the fast lane

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The Ghibli is Maserati’s answer to the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and the Mercedes E-Class. The basic version with 330 hp is available for around 67,000 euros.

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However, if you want the top version, the S Q4 with all-wheel drive and 410 hp, you have to invest at least 83,000 euros.

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The car with the trident in the grille is an eye-catcher, even if when the Ghibli was announced, some critical voices spoke of the traditional brand’s decline into mediocrityhen.

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Not even close. The little brother of the Quattroporte is a successful mixture of a classy sedan and sports car.

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And of course you can also accelerate, …

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… Road users who are too slow are likely to be maneuvered out of the way with these elegantly designed headlights by flasher.

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The Ghibli not only looks elegant on the outside, the cockpit also shows Italian style.

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Buchmann says that he didn’t think of all of the gimmicks himself. But he had the courage to try out new technologies and convince suppliers of his ideas. “I was something of their guinea pig,” he says. If an invention flopped, it was not damaging to the image, unlike with the big manufacturers.

And when something worked, the factories took over. The fact that every small car today has an on-board computer, that you no longer have to take your hands off the steering wheel when driving and that you can park without dents – all of this is at least partly thanks to the father of the rainbow Porsche.

Just like the many glossy paints that are used to spice up some cars today. It was Rainer Buchmann who did a special series of ten dazzling VW Golfs made known the pigment “Iriodin”, with which the chemical giant Merck still sells 400 million euros a year. Perhaps Buchmann’s greatest coup, however, were the 40 Polo models “Paris” and “Carat”, which the fine tailor built for VW in 1982.

If the comeback of bb is to get serious, a completely new car will have to be produced in two years at the latest.

Rainer Buchmann, Designer

The company wanted to give the somewhat bland small car on the fringes of the Paris salon a little chic. These successes then became a problem for Buchmann. The large-scale manufacturers no longer wanted to share their luster and profit with the Frankfurt upstart and drove him out of business. At least that’s how Buchmann feels.

Buchmann said the anger and bitterness at this disembarkation had subsided. Since Internet millionaire Orth ordered the Moonracer, since the first rainbow Porsches were restored, since hundreds of bb fans and several dozen original cars came together for a big "car napping" party in the classic city and since his old companion Gerold Lingnau has written an "auto" biography about Buchmann, the old master is back on the gas.

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He feels new energy, as he says. Unlike some old rockers, he doesn’t just want to play the old camels, although the Moonracer can definitely be seen as a kind of best-of album on wheels. The Moonracer is still a one-off, but he plans to have his Porsche Targa built in a small series, he says. And although one of these models should cost around 350,000 euros after several months of manual labor, he says he registers a certain interest among his customers who have grown old with him.

But the entrepreneur has turned his gaze forward, wanders through the universities, squeezes out researchers for the latest findings, stormed the pre-series developers and reactivated old contacts in the hunt for new technology and design trends. Oldtimers would never have interested him as much as the possibilities of tomorrow, says Rainer Buchmann. "If the comeback of bb is to get serious, then a completely new car must be produced in two years at the latest."

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