Designed by Count Albrecht Goertz, an established industrial designer based in the US, with input from BMW’s US distributor Max Hoffman, the BMW 507 was, and remains today, one of the world’s landmarks in automotive design, a car that is a pleasure to behold from every aspect. With the 3.2-liter V-8 now tuned to 150 horsepower, the 507’s performance was on par with contemporary competition.
The perimeter chassis frame was constructed from large rectangular tubes with torsion bar independent front suspension and a three-point positively located live rear axle with torsion bar springs. BMW mounted the 507’s ZF four-speed gearbox near the center of the wheelbase, driven by a short driveshaft from the engine-mounted clutch and with another short driveshaft back to the rear axle. Brakes were immense Alfin drums.
BMW built only 253 507s in the model’s four-year production history, but they are widely and instantly recognized as milestones for their superbly integrated, subtle and refined Albrecht Goertz design, sophisticated overhead valve V-8 engine and comfortable, good-handling chassis and suspension. The design is so successful that it inspired BMW’s recent two-seater sports cars, the Z3 and particularly the magnificent V-8-powered Z8. This homage to the 507 is especially significant coming from a design-oriented organization like BMW.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
155 hp 3,168 cc all-alloy overhead valve V-8, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars and live rear axle with torsion bars, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 97.6"
Source: RM Auctions
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