Elvis’ BMW 507 displayed on lawn in Pebble Beach

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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 made its tour at different venues during the Monterey Car Week before ending up on the beautiful lawn at Pebble Beach …

Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 made its tour at different venues during the Monterey Car Week before ending up on the beautiful lawn at Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. The immaculate white-painted 507 was one of the main attractions on the extremely expensive golf course where hundreds of iconic classic cars were being displayed.

BMW produced only 253 examples of its 507 sports car in 1957 and one of them, chassis 70079, belonged to the legendary Elvis Presley. The recently discovered in northern California and then restored in Munich, the car formerly owned by The King was shown to the public for the first time last week in Monterey.

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The 507 was launched in 1957 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and the car was used for test drives by the automotive media in addition to being raced several times by Hans Stuck. Presley managed to obtain the car in December 1958 while in Germany. He drove the 507 until he completed his military service in March 1960.

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After Presley left the car behind, it was painted red and shipped to the United States by a different owner. Just a few years later, the 507 was purchased by Jack Castor. More than 40 years later, the King’s 507 was discovered in a warehouse located in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco.

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This car was completely restored, and painted in Feather White with a black and white interior, under the direction of BMW Group Classic and will now be handed over at the start of the Concours d’Elegance to Ron Gilmartin, a long-time friend and companion of Jack Castor.

5 responses to “Elvis’ BMW 507 displayed on lawn in Pebble Beach”

  1. […] you’re one of the lucky folks who attended the incredible auto show that is the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, you witness first-hand some of the most spectacular cars on the planet. Pebble Beach is known for […]

  2. Kim Conrad Jorgensen says:

    Lovely car and a bit of history, but shame about the color, white doesn’t do it justice.

  3. bmwlightfoot says:

    So a few corrections in order here. Jack Castor owned two 507s; the Elvis car and another 507. They sat side-by-side in a barn. The second car was to be used as a guide for setting the Elvis car right when Jack Castor got around to restoring the car. Of course, he never got around to it.

    Both cars were sent to BMW Group Classic for restoration. I don’t know exactly what the deal was but upon Jack’s death, while both cars were in Munich, the Elvis car’s title transferred to BMW. They are the current owners.

    Ron Gilmartin bought the other car, presumably from Jack Castor’s widow, who was with the car on Sunday at Pebble Beach. I talked to Gilmartin at the BMW Villa on Saturday night. He was wiping down his car which was displayed in front of the Villa. At that point he had driven the freshly restored car for all of 24 km.

    He said that both 507s were air freighted to LAX, arriving August 16th, and then brought up to the Monterey Peninsula and unloaded.

    Confusion over the two cars is understandable as they are both painted white. The Gilmartin car is Ash White, which has a bit of grey in it. The Elvis car is Feather White, which is more beige.

    And as I’ve pointed out many times, it is Concours d’Elegance, not Concourse.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Thanks for the additional details.

      • Ron Gilmartin says:

        See my corrections to the other blogs on these particular 507’s.
        – BMW took over ownership of the Elvis 507 prior to Jack’s death.
        – Jack had no widow…was never married. You must be referring to the widow of Jack’s brother who co-owned the non-Elvis 507 with him. She was at Pebble
        – I inherited the (non-Elvis) 507 from Jack’s estate…I did not purchase it.
        – the colors are; Elvis 507 is Feather White which is a light creamy color, tho it looks less creamy in low light. The other 507 is Papyrus which is quite white but shows definite gray tones under low/fading light

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