With a total production run of only 252 examples built between 1956 and 1960, the BMW 507 is known to the connoisseurs as one of the most sought after models, especially because its fellow owners include Elvis Presley to F1 Champion driver John Surtees. Now one of these rare examples will be available in the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Paris auction held in February next year.
The elegant and timeless looking 507 roadsters featured lightweight alloy coachwork created by Albrecht von Goertz. Chassis no. 70134 is one of 214 Series II examples having a revised dashboard arrangement and a relocated fuel tank for a more spacious interior, and one of 34 examples of BMW 507 exported to America. Rumour has it that the example was originally sold new through Hoffman Motors of New York to a Hollywood producer before being acquired by an architect in Mississippi.
A young man named William Young saw the car and fell in love with not just the BMW but also the marque in general when the example was under ownership in Mississippi. Fast forward to 1985, William Young had become a successful businessman and a vintage BMW collector. He saw an advertisement for a BMW 507 in a magazine and contacted the agent for buying it with no questions. It turned out the example he bought was the exact same chassis no. 70134 he spotted years ago. He showcased it on numerous events and magazine covers before he passed away, and the car was sold to in 2013.
The consignor acquired the example in 2014 and recently took it for a comprehensive restoration to its original factory appearance. During the process, a signed glove-compartment panel was found and saved, and the signature seems matching to that of Albrecht von Goertz.