1958 BMW 507 for sale 101237574
1958 BMW 507
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1958 BMW 507

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 5 February 2020.
  • Offered from the Poster Car Collection
  • One of 34 examples exported to the United States, and one of 252 total production examples built
  • Twenty-eight years of ownership by one of Americas foremost marque collectors
  • Recently completed comprehensive refurbishment
  • Retains its original engine
  • Appearances in numerous automotive publications, including twice depicted on the cover of Roundel magazine

By the mid-1950s, BMW began offering true luxury models equipped with a new dual-carburetted V-8 engine. But as its reputation was largely linked to economy cars like the Isetta, BMW sought a game-changing model that would project a new identity.

The resulting 507 roadster featured an advanced box-frame chassis equipped with an upgraded suspension, four-speed synchromesh gearbox, and Alfin drum brakes. Most famously, the 507 was clothed with breathtaking lightweight alloy coachwork penned by Count Albrecht Goertz, a timeless design, punctuated by sensual curves, that ranks among the most significant open sports cars of the 1950s.

Just 252 507s were sold between 1956 and 1959, of which 34 were exported to the United States. Owned by celebrities ranging from Elvis Presley to racing driver John Surtees, the 507 has evolved into the most celebrated post-war BMW, a sublime combination of advanced engineering and elegant style.

Benefitting from decades of ownership by one of Americas foremost marque collectors, as well as a recent restoration, chassis no. 70134 is one of 214 Series II examples, which featured a revised dashboard arrangement and a relocated fuel tank, providing more space for the interior and the reclining soft top. Reportedly sold new through Hoffman Motors of New York, the 507 is rumoured to have originally been owned by a Hollywood producer before being acquired by an architect in Jackson, Mississippi. During its life in Jackson, chassis no. 70134 was spotted by a young man named William Young who fell in love with the cars looks, kick-starting a lifelong relationship with the marque.

During the 1980s, the roadster passed to two more owners in Pennsylvania before being sold to the respected Oldtimer Garage in Switzerland. By 1985 William Young was a successful businessman in Colorado, and when he saw an advertisement for a BMW 507 in Road & Track, he contacted Oldtimer and bought the car sight unseen. Amazingly, that roadster turned out to be chassis no. 70134, the very same 507 he had once admired years earlier.

The 507 became the centrepiece of Mr Youngs collection, which eventually comprised over 30 important classic BMWs. The unrestored roadster attended numerous events of the BMW Classic Car Club of America over the years and was presented at the 2011 Santa Fe Concorso. It was also featured on the cover of Roundel magazine twice, in December 1996 and August 2011. In 2013 the owner finally sold the 507 to a Texas-based dealer, from whom the car was acquired by the consignor in March of 2014.

The BMW has just completed a comprehensive restoration to its original factory appearance, the first major refurbishment of its life, during which a glove-compartment panel with a signature on it was removed and saved. The signature appears to match one on a signed business card of Count Albrecht Goertz, suggesting that the car was once autographed by its legendary designer. The beautifully restored and rare 507 would make a peerless addition to any assembly of important European sports cars.

  • Provient de la Poster Car Collection
  • Un des 34 exemplaires exports aux tats-Unis, et un des 252 exemplaires produits
  • Vingt-huit ans entre les mains dun des collectionneurs de cette marque les plus importants aux tats-Unis
  • Restauration complte rcente
  • quipe de son moteur dorigine
  • Apparat dans de nombreuses publications automobiles, et deux fois en couverture du magazine Roundel

Au milieu des annes 1950, BMW a commenc proposer de vrais modles de luxe quips dun nouveau moteur V8 deux carburateurs. Mais comme sa rputation sappuyait principalement sur des voitures conomiques comme lIsetta, BMW a rflchi une voiture vraiment nouvelle et diffrente, qui puisse permettre de dvelopper une nouvelle identit.

La 507 qui en a rsult tait quipe dun chssis caissonn moderne dot dune suspension amliore, dune bote quatre rapports synchroniss et de freins tambours Alfin. Et surtout, la 507 tait habille dune superbe carrosserie lgre en aluminium dessine par le comte Albrecht Goertz, et dont la forme intemporelle ponctue de courbes sensuelles a contribu en faire une des voitures de sport les plus significatives des annes 1950.

Seulement 252 exemplaires de 507 ont t commercialiss entre 1956 et 1959, dont 34 ont t exports aux tats-Unis. Achete par des clbrits allant dElvis Presley au pilote automobile John Surtees, la 507 est devenue la BMW daprs-guerre la plus admire, car elle offrait une combinaison sublime de technique sophistique et de style lgant.

Cette voiture (chssis n 70134), qui est reste de longues annes entre les mains dun des collectionneurs les plus importants de la marque, aux tats-Unis, et qui a bnfici dune restauration rcente, fait partie des 214 exemplaires de Srie II. Ceux-ci prsentaient un nouveau tableau de bord et un rservoir dessence qui avait t dplac, ce qui permettait plus despace pour lhabitacle et la capote repliable. Cette voiture aurait t vendue par lintermdiaire de Hoffman Motors, de New York, et aurait appartenu initialement un producteur de Hollywood avant dtre achete par un architecte de Jackson (Mississippi). Au cours de son sjour dans cette ville, ce chssis n 70134 a t remarqu par un jeune homme du nom de William Young, qui est tomb amoureux de la forme de la voiture, ce qui a dmarr une vritable passion pour la marque.

Au cours des annes 1980, le roadster a connu deux autre propritaires en Pennsylvanie, avant dtre vendu Oldtimer Garage, spcialiste suisse bien connu. En 1985, nous retrouvons William Young, qui est devenu un homme daffaires prospre bas au Colorado et qui, en remarquant lannonce de vente dune BMW 507 dans Road & Track, a contact Oldtimer et achet la voiture sans mme la voir. tonnamment, le roadster sest rvl tre le chssis n 70134, cest--dire la 507 quil avait admire des annes auparavant.

Elle est devenue la pice matresse de la collection de M. Young, qui a runi plus de 30 BMW classiques importantes. En tat dorigine, le roadster a particip pendant plusieurs annes de nombreux vnements du BMW Classic Car Club of America, et il a t prsent au Santa Fe Concorso 2011. Il est galement apparu deux fois en couverture du magazine Roundel, en dcembre 1996 et en aot 2011. En 2013, le propritaire a finalement cd la 507 un ngociant du Texas, qui lactuel propritaire la achete en mars 2014.

La BMW a rcemment fait lobjet dune restauration complte respectant sa prsentation dusine dpoque. Cest la remise en tat la plus importante quelle ait connue depuis lorigine ; cette occasion, la porte de bote gant, qui affichait une signature, a pu tre sauve. Cette signature semble correspondre celle qui figure sur une carte de visite signe par Albrecht Goertz, ce qui laisse penser que la voiture a reu lautographe de son clbre styliste. Cette rare 507, magnifiquement restaure, constituera un apport sans gal tout ensemble de voitures de sport europennes importantes.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa20.

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