1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I up for Auction Starting from €1,700,000


An extremely rare 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I will go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s on May 27; the car has an estimate of  €1,700,000 - €2,000,000. One of only 252 examples produced, the 507 still retains its original red leather interior. The car has been under a single ownership for 51 years with four owners and 73,000 original kilometres on its odometer. Conceived by American sports car dealer Max Hoffman, the 507 was intended to be the manufacturer’s halo car, bringing a company then known for mundane sedans and microcars into competition with the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

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Sold new through Automag Buchner & Linse of Munich, Germany, chassis number 70044 is a rare first-series 507, produced in July 1957. Originally finished in Papyros, a scarce shade of off-white with a red leather interior, it was equipped with whitewall tires, a hardtop, and a Becker Mexico radio with an automatic antenna.

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The car’s third owner, Hermann Beilharz of Mötzingen, has been the car’s longest custodian. Beilharz was a successful amateur racer of Honda motorcycles and bought the 507 with what little funds he could scrape together. He refinished it in its current shade of sea green, contrasting wonderfully with its black hardtop. Throughout the course of his ownership spanning over five decades, he made sure it was always well maintained whilst being stored carefully and driven regularly during the summer months. The 507 was acquired by its current owner in 2014.

The 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I has been recently refitted with its proper front bumper and steel wheels, and retains a set of colour-matched Rudge wheels, which will be included in the sale, along with a tool kit, owner’s manual, factory brochure, and certificate from BMW. While with its current owner, front disc brakes were installed to provide additional braking power; the original front brakes accompany the car. Furthermore, the car is still accompanied by its original German Fahrzeugbrief and a letter from Hermann Beilharz, which confirms its limited ownership history.

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