The BMW 507 from Elvis Presley

Interesting | July 24th, 2014 by 5
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BMW Museum in Munich is displaying an unique BMW 507 Roadster which belonged to Elvis Presley. The 1957 BMW 507 is showing its age and …

BMW Museum in Munich is displaying an unique BMW 507 Roadster which belonged to Elvis Presley.

The 1957 BMW 507 is showing its age and BMW plans to restore the beautiful and historical roadster.The vehicle rolled off the assembly line in 1957 with the chassis number 70079 and Elvis Presley was the initial owner after paying $3,750.

Presley’s car, no. 70079, had earlier been used as a press demonstrator by BMW and raced by Hans Stuck. Before Elvis took it over the engine was rebuilt and a new transmission was installed. The original white paint was also replaced with a Porsche Red color.

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Elvis reportedly gave another 507, no. 70192, to Ursula Andress.

It was imported into the United States in 1960 and was bought by Alabama disc jockey Tommy Charles, who had it extensively modified, including having the engine replaced with a Chevrolet V8.

The 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.

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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 before restoration work will begin.

[Source: Bimmertoday]
  • CDspeed

    I still wish BMW would bring back the 507, they had succeeded in doing so with the Z8, but then the Z8 didn’t live to see a second generation either. I wish BMW would quit killing off their sports cars, given their past the i8 might be a one time thing as well. The 507 above is beautiful even in it’s unrestored state, why can’t the build something like that today?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Maybe a nicer roadster will come to life.

      • CDspeed

        If they do one day, hopefully it will become a permanent addition to the BMW lineup, I’d love to see a Mercedes SL-Class competitor. The i8 Spider would be nice, but I would like something with a classic look.

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