• Historical Car for Sale: 1957 BMW 507 Series II Hardtop

The sort of opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime

The hand-built 507 is arguably the most eye-pleasing BMW to ever hit the streets and the fact that it was made in very limited numbers only adds to its desirability.

BMW built just 254 units between 1955 and 1959 and as some of you might recall, Elvis Presley drove one. You can, too, but only if you’re willing to shell out north of $1.6 million.

Historical Car for Sale: 1957 BMW 507 Series II Hardtop Exterior
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Bring a Trailer is holding an auction event for a Series II 1947 BMW 507 and other than being a 507, this car is a special all-around. Why? For starters, just 15 of all the 507s ever assembled were painted black.

What’s more, the 507 was BMW’s response to the oh-so-perfect Mercedes-Benz 300SL. As a result, it received everything Bavaria’s top shelf had to offer, including a 3.2-liter aluminum V-8 fitted with two Zenith carburetors for an output of around 150 horsepower.

Power was routed to the rear wheels by a four-speed manual gearbox from ZF. The 507 rode on an independent front suspension setup with double wishbones and an anti-roll bar.

Historical Car for Sale: 1957 BMW 507 Series II Hardtop Exterior
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Just like some Porsches and Benzes, the 507 came to life at Max Hoffman’s suggestion that BMW should create a sleek sports car for the mid-price market in North America. Albrecht von Goertz was the designer responsible for the sleek aluminum body but hardtops came as optional equipment. This particular model is a Series II, which means in has the fuel tank in the trunk and not behind the seats.

Interestingly, the 507 was sold new in Rome after it left the production line on September 17, 1957. Somehow, it ended up in Emeryville, California, where it was kept in pristine condition. As a matter of fact, the interior was reupholstered right when the car got to the U.S. Later on, the Nardi steering wheel was rebuilt and the engine was removed, serviced, resealed, and detailed right before the current owner bought the car.

Historical Car for Sale: 1957 BMW 507 Series II Hardtop Exterior
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The current bid is $1.6 million, but that’s likely to go up as the auction ends on Monday, December 7 at 9:00 pm. So still six days left to either rob a bank or keep salivating in front of a screen.

Source: Bring A Trailer

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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