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BMW 507 Roadster (Series II)

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EXTENSIVELY 
RESTORED

NEARLY 30 YEARS
IN LAST OWNERSHIP

4-SPEED
ZF GEARBOX

NO. 205 FROM 252

AMERICAN 
DELIVERY

Technical specifications

Manufacturer
BMW
Model
507 Roadster
Model series
Series II
Mileage
125 km
Period of production
1956 - 1959
Year of construction
1959
Initial registration
01.07.1959
Engine
V8
Performance (hp)
150 hp
Transmission
4-speed ZF gearbox
engine (ccm)
3.168 ccm
Fuel
Petrol
Steering
Left-hand drive
Exterior
Silver blue
Interior
Cognac leather
General inspection
New
Quantity
252
Restored

Equipment and special features

  • Chrome and trim are original and in very good condition
  • Fabric soft top in cognac
  • Original components are present (Behr radiator, Bosch and Knecht components, etc.).
  • Original Becker Mexico Radio

Condition and technology

  • 4-speed ZF gearbox
  • Independent front suspension
  • Driven rear axle
  • Hydraulic 4-wheel aluminium drum brakes
  • 2 twin choke Zenith carburettors

Documents and documentation

  • Recent restoration on a very well preserved basis. Detailed documentation with over 2000 pictures is available.

car description

This rare BMW 507 Roadster series II with chassis number 70205 was produced on 11/01/1959. It was delivered on 14.04.1959 to Fadex Commercial Corp. by BMW importer Max Hoffman at 487 Park Avenue, New York City. The original VDO gauges in the dashboard read MPH and Fahrenheit, indicating the US market as the first delivery.

The BMW 507 Roadster's journey took it through owner Lacklan M. Mackenzie in Staten Island in the 1960s and later on through owner Shane O'Neil, grandson of RKO's founder, the renowned Hollywood film studio in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the late 80s, a careful restoration was carried out for the first time, during which the BMW 507 was presumably painted black.

In the early 90s, the BMW 507 was sold to a former prominent collector and has been in a climate-controlled environment ever since.

A recent restoration ensured that the BMW 507 was painted in its original Silver Blue colour. Since this restoration, the BMW 507 has run only 125 km. Before this restoration, it had run approx. 84,000 km. The interior impresses with a very nice cognac-coloured leather and carpets. In addition, the BMW 507 has a cognac-coloured fabric soft top, the shape of which integrates perfectly with the sporty lines of the body.

The 150 hp from the 3.2 L V8 pack powerfully at the rear axle and accelerate the BMW 507 Roadster, which weighs only 1,330 kg, to 100 km/h in just 11 seconds. The top speed is reached at 200 km/h. Anyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful and powerful sound of the V8 knows that they would rather stay in the low rev range and cruise along an idyllic country road.

History of the series

BMW presented the 507, the absolute highlight of the IAA in Frankfurt in 1955. The V8 with 140 hp shown there was supposed to accelerate the sports car to 220 km/h and, in combination with the body made of light metal, provide sensational driving values. The first production cars left the factory in Munich in November 1956 and were even given 10 hp more. However, BMW also changed many other details compared to the original show car.

After a short production period, BMW had to revise the model again, because there were complaints about the boot being too small and the seats not being adjustable far enough to the rear. From the 44th vehicle, which was produced in March 1957, the series II was created with some changes. The dashboard was adapted to accommodate the loudspeaker and the glove compartment was enlarged. The aluminium fuel tank in the driver's back, which had previously held 110 litres, was placed under the boot floor and reduced in size to 65 litres. This provided more space behind the seats, allowing the required longer seat rails to be fitted. The fuel filler moved from above behind the convertible top to the right rear wing.

Four of the last 20 507s produced were fitted with disc brakes on the front axle. They came off the production line at the end of 1959 / beginning of 1960 and could only be sold and delivered in spring 1960 with considerable discounts. One reason for this was the relatively high price - in 1957 a BMW 507 cost about 26,500 DM. By way of comparison, the average monthly income of a worker at the time was just over DM 400. Despite all kinds of prominent buyers and considerable success in racing, only 252 vehicles were produced in the end and the model was discontinued as early as 1959.

As a result, the BMW 507 is one of the most sought-after collector's items today, which also provides a lot of pleasure on the road thanks to its driving characteristics.

 

 

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