A while ago, Bruno von Nünlist took us to the prestigious Corcorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy and did us the honour to share his report on our platform. Remarkably enough he got his inspiration from a novel by Friedricht Dürrenmatt: ‘Vom Beobachten des Beobachters der Beobachter’. Reason for CineCars to travel to Switzerland and depict Bruno on film in his own habitat.
Opera singer, classic car entrepreneur and Lockheed Constellation enthousiast, Bruno Vittorio von Nünlist is a man of many faces and above all a man with special pedigree.
In 1957 his grandfather, Robert von Nünlist, was a Colonel with the Swiss Guard, becoming an important personality for Pope Pius XII in difficult times. Although severely injured in a murder attempt on the Pope in 1959, he was able to serve the Swiss Guard and the Vatican up until 1972. Bruno, still very young at the time, never knew about this traumatic event. Years later, on vacation in the Vatican with his grandfather, he finally understood how his grandfather was a part of something really extraordinary.
Bruno’s father Rolf was an internationally renowned classic bass singer. Bruno, who as a child wanted to be a car designer, grew up in a home filled with love for music and song. In the end it all resulted in Bruno following his fathers footsteps in becoming an opera singer.
Besides the passion for music, the passion for classic cars never faded. Bruno’s pride is an almost sixty year old Mercedes Ponton, in which he transports himself to several of his performances.
The Ponton was Daimler Benz’s first completely new mass produced passenger car after the Second World War. In July 1953 it replaced the pre-war 170 series, its model range becoming the majority of the car makers production until 1962.
The nickname Ponton derives from the German word for ‘pontoon’ and describes the post war trend of fenders that are incorporated in the body shape. Eventually the Ponton range was succeeded by the Heckflosse.
The Ponton shaped the street scape in a time Germany slowly recovered from the war. More and more people were able to afford a car. In the meantime the 180-190 four cilinder models were widely used as taxi’s as well.
The design of the car changed little during the entire production run, although in 1957, a year after Mercedes-Benz introduced the 190, they brought the collapsible three pointed star on the radiator grille. Under pressure of Switzerland for one, this feature was introduced to increase pedestrian safety.
Bruno’s passion for design and art is very broad. Above all it is living the dream, more than possessing or being seen. The love for quality, the beauty of all things good. Bruno specifically emphasizes on the passion so many share for their classic, the beauty of a car that was born to be good as well as beautiful.
The combination of factors makes this CineCars video something very special: The personality to the human being, music, automobile and the surroundings make this movie into a harmonious and magnificent whole.
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