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The North American current market was sometimes a thing of a thriller to European producers, who relied on their regional importers to retain them in touch with evolving tastes and new chances. Sometimes, these relationships spawned all-new models, these kinds of as the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. Luigi Chinetti was not on your own: in New York, Austrian-born automotive importer Max Hoffman—who experienced released the American general public to the likes of Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche—hatched a approach for BMW to make an all-new athletics motor vehicle, at a recommended $5,000 ticket selling price that would deliver in new prospects with out impacting revenue of the much less expensive Porsche 356 and additional costly Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
Unveiled in 1955 and getting into production just over a year later, the 507 featured a shortened variation of BMW’s 501-series chassis, with double wishbone and torsion bar entrance suspension, a Panhard rod-located live rear axle, and Alfin drum brakes at each individual corner. At its heart lay a 3.2-litre Type M507/1 engine—a jewel of a V-8 centered on that of the 503 GT design that made available an improved 150 horsepower thanks to a bigger-carry camshaft, revised ignition timing, and a better compression ratio. Styling was led by fellow New York resident and shut affiliate of Hoffman, Albrecht von Goertz, who penned an sophisticated, shark-like open layout shaped in aluminium and accented with lavish chrome fittings, that was aimed squarely at Sunset Boulevard and the Hollywood established.
Far more boulevardier than racer, functionality on paper lagged that of its more pricey Teutonic rival the two in phrases of acceleration from rest and best velocity. Even so a spirited performer, the 507 was capable of reaching 60 mph in all-around 11 seconds with a best speed of all over 125 mph—but it’s the way it delivered that electrical power that created it specific. With torque in abundance, the BMW could comfortably outpace the 300 SL from 40-80 mph in top rated equipment.
By mid-1957, and immediately after the production of just 34 retrospectively titled Series I automobiles, the 507 underwent revisions to boost cabin and boot place. In addition to giving better home for driver, passenger, and their baggage, the Collection II featured a re-worked dashboard and a additional discretely stowed cloth roof. With the adjustments came a better inquiring price of $10,500—more than double Hoffman’s instructed retail figure. As a end result of that eye-watering sum, the BMW 507 would keep on being a person of the most unique and elusive sports activities automobiles of the period, with just 252 examples becoming crafted just before output ended just 3 yrs right after it had begun.
Chassis 70140 is a wonderful case in point of the far more usable Series II 507, finished in 1958 and concluded in Graphit just before becoming sent to Italian BMW concessionaire Allessandro Paolini of Casa dell’ Automobili in Rome on 4 June of that year. Just more than 12 months later on, on 16 June 1959, the 507 was marketed to Professor Luigi Beltrametti, who designed very good use of the auto in the early decades of his ownership: a provider stamp suggests that the automobile experienced included 5000 km by April 1960. Following 6 many years of satisfaction the BMW passed into the fingers of Giannantonio Panigoni, leaving his ownership—and into that of near mate Franco Ziliani—for a temporary spell involving 1967 and 1971. Likely an arrangement of usefulness, interesting correspondence between Panigoni and BMW implies that the car or truck was however in the Italian’s treatment in 1970. Evidently an enthusiastic driver and arms-on operator, Panigoni specifics in his letter a conversion to front disc brakes, although also requesting from BMW a longer-geared 3.42:1 rear axle, a entire established of gaskets, plus a workshop manual—though to little avail. More time period correspondence suggests that the auto benefitted from the attention of renowned restored Giancarlo Cappa, such as a repaint of the two overall body and dashboard in Grigio Anthrazit Metallic: ‘I acknowledged the occupation for the reason that I enjoy the 507,’ writes Cappa, ‘I believed it would have created me sense gratified.’
Today, the 507 offers in amazing useable situation, with the however smart, refreshed paintwork contrasting beautifully with a patinated crimson leather interior. This sets the tone for a cabin punctuated with period of time appointments, like a attractive Becker Brescia radio housed in the bigger, extra useful Sequence II dashboard, which positive aspects from a centrally mounted speaker and relocated passenger seize handle. An electronic mail from BMW Classic confirmed that both equally chassis and engine figures noted at time of cataloguing match BMW build documents, and although overall body numbers weren’t documented in manufacturing facility ledgers, the bonnet, boot lid, gas filler cap, and ultra-fascinating aluminium hardtop all characteristic the exact same three-digit serial variety.
A very long-time period resident of Italy, having remained in the treatment of Giannantonio Panigoni for much more than fifty percent a century, this BMW 507 has nevertheless proved well-travelled and has been shared with the community at every option. While in Panigoni’s ownership, the motor vehicle took element in a lot of rallies, highlights such as an anniversary tour to mark 50 a long time of the 507 in September 2005, and an outing to the BMW Pageant in Munich in 2016 to celebrate the centenary of the marque.
Couple 1950s sports vehicles stir the feelings in fairly the same way as a BMW 507, these kinds of is its flawlessly judged combination of glamour, effectiveness, and fashion. With movie star owners ranging from Elvis Presley to Ursula Andress, the 507’s rarity was often a reflection of price fairly than desirability and, as time has absent on, each have ongoing to increase. Easily stylish, hugely exclusive and definitely usable, a vehicle of this kind of unparalleled provenance as chassis “70410” provides an opportunity not to be skipped.
This automobile will be made available at RM Sotheby’s 6th biennial Monaco sale, taking location along with the famous Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, on 14 May possibly 2022. Held at the glamorous Grimaldi Discussion board, RM Sotheby’s will give some of the world’s best automobiles in this simply cannot-pass up function.