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1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II

1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II
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  • BMW 507 Roadster Series II
  • Year:
    1959
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    four-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    145
  • Displacement:
    3168 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph (Est.)
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  • body style:

For all of the land yachts and giant ridiculous tailfins that were popular on American cars in ’50s, there were also a lot of Americans buying European roadsters. This was the period when MG got a foothold in America, on the strength of the MGA roadster, while more expensive models like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL found there way into the garages of America’s super rich.

New York automobile importer Max Hoffman, who was the man responsible for many of the high-end roadsters of the day making it over to America, figured that there was a gap in the market below the 300SL, and suggested to BMW that a roadster based on the 501/502 sedan might sell to Americans. Thus was born the 507 roadster in 1956.

BMW actually developed two roadsters at the same time, the bigger 503 flagship for the European market and the smaller 507, using a shorter version of the same platform. Even though the cars were based on the existing 502, BMW couldn’t keep the cost down enough to make the cars competitive, and fewer than a thousand units of both models combined were ever produced. The 507 is not only the rarer of the two, but it is also generally considered to be the more stylish.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II.

 

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1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II

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