BMW 507

The BMW 507 was a brief, brilliant reinstatement of BMW’s sporting heritage that had flourished with the successful BMW 328 before World War II. Launched in 1955, the 507 entered production in 1956 as a 1957 model. It was a tangible statement that BMW embodied the highest standards in performance, construction and design. Envisioned by Max Hoffman with a stunning design by Count Albrecht Goertz, it was an elegant masterpiece and a downright gorgeous design, powered by a 3.2-litre pushrod-operated, overhead valve aluminium block V-8.

Hoffman targeted a $5,000 price point for the 507, but BMW, which essentially hand-built each car, could not reach profitable production levels. The 507’s initial $9,000 price quickly escalated to over $11,000. Despite the increase, BMW reportedly lost money on each one. Production began in November 1956 following an unveiling at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show and ended two-and-a-half years later with only 251 examples built, not counting a completely different prototype and two one-offs.

The design was slightly revised in 1957 with the appearance of the Series II. Differences included increased horsepower and a little additional space behind the seats to give taller drivers a more comfortable driving position. Front disc brakes were first offered as optional equipment in 1959.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como.

150 bhp, 3,168 cc all alloy overhead valve V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live rear axle with torsion bars, and front disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,480 mm (98").

Source: RM Auctions

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