• Jun 19, 2010
1957 BMW 507 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The BMW 507 is arguably the most beautiful and certainly among the rarest production models ever to emerge from Munich, with only 253 produced between 1956 and 1959. The 507 was the first BMW built with a V8 engine and remained the only model to use one until the 740i debuted in 1992. The 3.2-liter pushrod V8 under the 507's bonnet was rated at either 150 or 160 horsepower.

Unfortunately, as attractive as the 507 was, its $10,000 price tag made it a bigger commercial failure than the more recent Z8. Following the 507's demise, BMW didn't build another roadster until the 1989 Z1.

This particular example appears to be in very good condition aside from its slightly foggy rear window. It spent a good part of its life at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, where it was purported to be one of two owned by Elvis Presley. As this is written, the $400,000 top bid has not cleared the reserve price, so you still have a chance to remortgage the house and get in on this action.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      No one has seen the craptastic Optimus Tape Deck?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect color combo. If a 1957 Ferrari is worth millions, this is a bargain. The only minor minus is a relatively weak engine but I bet the V8 is pretty unique...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why can't they make cars like this anymore? Its like now its all about the "features" instead appreciating the simplicity of open top motoring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At Rich, get a life you miserable little troll.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        Blame your dad for not forcing you to play football

        @Rich(insert lame name variation here)

        I like Aerial. I've said that in previous posts. However, you don't read. You just jump on the bandwagon, as does most everyone on this blog.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Because people buy into progress and rightfully so.

        You can still have open top motoring. Its called a convertible. They still make those.
        Except some people don't like compromises; not surprisingly, that market is huge.

        One of the reason many new convertibles are also hardtop ones instead of ragtops.

        As for looks, this care is timelessly beautiful. I wouldn't know if our current cars would age so well because that is all subjective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir: +1

        @simplecar: "Blame your dad for not forcing you to play football"

        lol, what?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go buy a miata. I doesn't look quite as beautiful as this BMW but it will provide the same minimalist, open air motoring experience.

        /miata owner
      Sorin-Cristian
      • 3 Years Ago
      a nice story of bmw 507 that i've find, althouht i don't think it's available in english http://www.autosaga.ro/retromobile/bmw-507-gustul-amar-al-performantei.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want it so badly!! It's absolutely perfect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow..... that's a great one. i
      • 4 Years Ago
      :fap:
      • 4 Years Ago
      without a doubt the most perfect BMW i've ever seen :). pity the z8 wasn't adept in any way at capturing it's majesty. what a remarkable remarkable car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        disagree all you want, that's fine. i've seen both in person. see a black example of the z8 once a week. it looks and feels cheap everywhere but the rear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I have to say this is the most beautiful BMW ever built. No question. The proportions and forms are great. The twin grille is actually an integral part of the design as opposed to something just slapped on like a badge. If BMW ever did the "retro" thing, this is what they should choose to base it on. Keep all the proportions and forms as they are and work within that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zamafir

        Disagree

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/ride_industries/122128103/

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/ride_industries/122128104/

        http://www.cartype.com/pics/3785/full/bmwz8vs507.jpg

        http://automobilesportive.online.fr/photos/bmw/z8/bmw_z8_and_507.jpg

        And one of the things I remember vividly from my old Bavauto catalogs was a chrome windshield surround for the Z8 that brought it that much closer in appearance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I appreciate your respectful retort, but I have to call you on your criticism.

        I've seen and sat in Z8s. They're anything but cheap. They are superbly put together. If you want to attack the design, fine, that's a matter of opinion, but the quality was fantastic by decade-ago standards. I had a 355 that was WORLDS worse.

        The satin finish and nappa leather gave it an elegant and old-world-craftsman appropriateness while being thoroughly modern. I don't think there's a designer in the world that could have done a better job.

        Sure, everybody has their opinion, and it's easy to criticize a design a decade later. But to bring pontoon fenders into the 21st century.... Yeah, they really did that. And made it look incredible. Everything about the car harkened back to the 507 without ever coming off as retro, from the exterior form, to the independent details, to the clean, uncluttered, purposeful nature of the design.

        I'm not going to down-rate you for your opinion, I just don't want the readership who haven't had our opportunities to have only you as a source. I don't know how well the one you explored was maintained, or if it was after 8 years of influence by newer designs, or if it had a red interior (as that color interior doesn't seem to age well). I first sat in one in 03, and I'll never forget it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the Z8 did a very good job given modern standards
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car was being offered on Autotrader Classics for something around $870k not too long ago....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um, what is that radio doing in there?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yuck, it's got a fender vent. I'll pass...

      OMG, so just kidding:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gawd, this makes me wet all over. I have a little smaller one (8") in silver right on my desk. It reminds me to strangle that Bangle guy if I ever see him again.
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