There’s always much talk about the famous BMW 507 and deservedly so. The 507 is one of the most stunning cars of all time, was owned by several celebrities — including Elvis Presley — and is the car that BMW recently restored for its showing at Pebble Beach. However, there’s a car that’s a bit older than the 507 but still has a lot of the charm. Welcome this icy-cool 1957 BMW 503.
Now, the BMW 503 isn’t cool in the current sense of the word, as it’s a bit old-world and looks like the sort of car that requires the wearing of a monocle. However, there’s something very cool about this old-school roadster.
This model, built in 1957, is a numbers-matching example and looks to be in superb condition for its age. While it’s showing some signs of wear, it’s in impressive condition for a car that’s sixty years old on the nose. In its silver/grey color and blue interior, this 503 is a great looking car. It has a classic look that’s timeless and genuinely begs to be driven. The interior has a robustness that seems to be lost on modern cars, with every touchpoint being made of either real leather or metal. Stunning.
Under the long hood, the BMW 503 packed a 3.2 liter V8 with two carburetors and 141 hp. That V8 was mated to a four-speed manual transmission, with a column-shifter. While 141 hp and a four-speed manual isn’t bad for a 60 year old car, it still took 13 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h (62 mph).
But performance doesn’t matter in this car, because driving around with in this BMW 503 will take you back to a time of proper gentleman. Even if you aren’t one.