This 1957 BMW 503 will make you feel like a classic gentleman

News | February 4th, 2017 by 2
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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 …

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.

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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).

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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.

[Source: Classic Driver]
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