This beautiful 1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster recently topped the charts at the Bonhams Zoute sale, making a total of £1.8million and outselling its closest rival – a Ford GT Coupe – by an incredible margin.
Arriving on the scene for a short while in the 1950’s, the BMW 507 Series II Roadster was a highly sought after luxury car that proved incredibly popular with the rich and famous of the time. In fact, looking through the history books, you’ll find that iconic names like Elvis Presley, skiing champion Toni Sailer and Prince Rainer of Monaco all find themselves amongst the many famous owners of 507s.
One of only 252 Series I and II roadsters, this particular 507 was originally owned by HRH Prince Constantine of Greece and features a retrofitted Nardi steering wheel and Becker Mexico radio with an automatic antenna.
The car was then sold to the most recent owner in 1989 and put through a full restoration by a BMW V8 and 507 specialist in Munich. Taking three years to complete, the restoration saw the car worked on from the ground-up to ensure it was returned to as-new condition.
As part of the restoration, the car was changed from dark silver to the Federweiss white – one of the original 507 colours – that you see here and a dark blue leather and matching soft-top was added. We’re sure you’ll agree when we say that it looks beautiful returned to this original spec.
Following the restoration and before heading to auction, the car was extensively used, travelling over 2,000km and taking part in various rallies, BMW meet-ups and no fewer than eight BMW 507 meet-ups. It’s just great to read that this rare car has been used so much since being returned to its former glory.
Hopefully the new owner will make sure that the car continues to be used and it won’t find itself in a static collection somewhere. If you could get your keys on this stunning 507 for a weekend, where would you go for a drive?