After winning his first 500cc motorcycle World Championship in 1956, John Surtees was offered a gift from Count Domenico Augusta, one of the owners of the MV Agusta factory racing team. Surtees who had recently seen and fallen in love with the understated, yet elegant design of the then-new BMW 507 knew exactly what he wanted.
After a deal with the count and helping BMW with testing and development, John Surtees picked up this brand new BMW 507 which he kept with him until his death on March 10, 2017. Surtees loved his German machine, despite finding glitches in the way it developed power and braked. BMW was prompt to address the issues for Surtees, working on the 507’s V8 to give it a bit more oomph while upgrading the brakes to discs on all four corners.
While John Surtees transitioned from two wheel racing to four wheels, the only person in the history of the sport to be successful at both, he wasn’t allowed to drive a German car while working as a works racing driver for Ferrari in Formula One. While Enzo Ferrari gave him a car to race and one to drive on the roads, Surtees always had a special spot for this BMW 507 which will be going on sale at this year’s Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale that takes place on July 13, 2018.