BMW has revealed intentions to restore a 1957 507 Roadster which was originally purchased by king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley.

BMW has revealed intentions to restore a 1957 507 Roadster which was originally purchased by king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley.

The BMW 507 Roadster seen here had a white paint and rolled off the assembly line in 1957 with the chassis number 70079. The vehicle was actually purchased by Elvis Presley while he was still a soldier and had the opportunity to test drive before making the acquisition in December 1958 by paying 3,750 USD. The car used to be in BMW's test fleet and before it was shipped to Elvis the engine was rebuilt, a new windshield was installed while the transmission was replaced. Elvis decided to change the original white paint with a Porsche Red hue.

He took home his 507 in 1960 when he returned to United States after finishing his army duties in Munchen, Germany. It was the U.S. army that shipped his car stateside and two years later he sold it to a man named Tommy Charles working at a Chrysler dealer in New York. He took the car to Alabama and swapped the engine with a Ford or Chevrolet V8 mated to a Borg-Warner transmission while the rear axle was sourced from GM.

After these changes were made, the modified BMW 507 participated in local drag races and in 1968 was sold to an engineer from California named Jack Castor who wanted to restore it but it ended up spending decades in a warehouse. Earlier this month, Castor shipped the 507 from California to Munich at BMW's headquarters and will be exhibited for a short while in the museum. After that, it will enter a comprehensive restoration process which could take as much as two years.

The full story (in German) is available at the first source link below.

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