BMW Restores 507 Roadster Of Elvis Presley — Awesomeness!

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BMW produced the 507 Roadster between 1956 and 1959 which ended being expensive and the German car maker was able to make only 252 units of them.

The below images will show the awesome restoration by BMW of the 507.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

Elvis Presley, the king of Rock'n'Roll was in German for his army duties of the US, he bought a rare BMW 507 Roadster. He later brought that to the US, however, the 507 was lost in the shuffle and was discovered only in 2006.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

The rare BMW 507 of Elvis was sun-faded and rusted, BMW has restored the classic Roadster and the finish is just awesome.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

This particular model had its own charm as it was driven by the famous German race car driver Hans Stuck Sr. and more importantly, Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

This particular model had its own charm as it was driven by the famous German race car driver Hans Stuck Sr. and more importantly, Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

BMW went ahead and undertook a full restoration of the 507 Roadster before this year's Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

The German luxury car maker has done an excellent job of the 507 Roadster, they have powered it with a BMW motor and removed the original Chevy V8 mill.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

Based on the photographs many believe that the original BMW 507 Roadster rolled of the assembly line on September 13, 1957. This was showcased at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

Elvis Presley was 23 then when he decided to buy the 507 Roadster, however, when he came back to the US, he traded the red Roadster at Chrysler dealer in New York.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

BMW Group Classic was responsible for the restoration of the 507 Roadster and they have pulled off an exceptional job.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

The two-seater when found, was in a bad shape with rust found all over the body, the engine was lost, even the gearbox was missing and the rear axle was replaced with an unknown origin.

BMW had used the aluminium OHV V8 of 3.2-litre engine which generated 147bhp of power and was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

The BMW 507 Roadster did a good run from 0 - 100kmph in 11.1 with a top speed of 196kmph.

The styling of the BMW 507 later influenced the German car maker to design the Z3, the Z4, and the Z8, with its prominent chrome side vents and horizontal front grilles.

 

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

BMW 507 is legacy for its attractive styling of which 202 units are still surviving, shows the appeal it had on its customers.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

One of the main reason for BMW to build the 507 was to revive the sporting image of the company. However, the BMW 507 took the company to bankruptcy which went under loss on this model.

Elvis Presley’s 507 Roadster

Restoration by BMW 507 brings the aura of classic cars back into the future with the same sense of euphoria.

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Story first published: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 15:04 [IST]
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