The beautiful BMW 507 owned by Elvis Presley debuts today in Monterey

Interesting | August 19th, 2016 by 2
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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 …

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 today during the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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.

2 responses to “The beautiful BMW 507 owned by Elvis Presley debuts today in Monterey”

  1. Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello says:

    The most rare German car ever, one in only 253 and which was just not used by the most famous person that there was then, worldwide, starting in late 1958, when he first had it, but during a specific period during which he became, as well, the most celebrated US Army regular recruit, ever.

  2. Ron Gilmartin says:

    Some errors in this blog posting;
    – The Elvis car was painted red DURING his ownership, not afterwards.
    – BMW owns the car, it was not handed over to me at the Pebble Beach Concours.
    – 252 actual 507’s were built. There were 2 other 507 chassis built but they were used for prototype cars, not actual 507’s.

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