The BMW 507 was created during the late- 1950s as a filler between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the cheap and underpowered Triumph and MG Sports cars. Based on the company’s 501 and 502 sedans, the BMW 507 was a roof-less version that is even today a treat to the eyes. The BMW 507 was created specially to cater to the American market back in the day where two-seater roadsters were loved.
At the time, the 507 series had a very limited run of 252 examples ever made, out of which only 217 series II variants, such as this one where ever made. Unlike the more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL which came with a in-line, six-cylinder engine, the BMW 507 used a 3.1-litre V8, mate to a four-speed manual transmission that produced a throaty exhaust note. This particular car is a Series II model in which BMW had made changes to increase the rear cabin space by reducing the fuel tank from 120 litres to 65, while also increasing the power to 150 bhp by upping the compression to 7.8:1.
Unfortunately due to its price, the BMW 507 never picked up and the company ceased production in 1959. While so, the BMW left a legacy that was followed up by the company almost fourty-years later with the introduction of the BMW Z8, the car that Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond used in the movie “The World Is Not Enough“.
This particularly beautiful BMW 507 Roadster Series II has been kept in a tip-top condition and will be going up for sale at RM Sotheby’s “Driven For Disruption” auction set to take place on December 10, 2015. More info can be attained at the car’s auction page. The car is expected to fetch upwards of $2.6 million.
All images copyright Darin Schnabel for RM Sotheby’s