Car News 5 Aug 2016

Elvis Presley’s beautifully restored BMW 507 set for auction

BMW Classic has spent the last two years meticulously restoring Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Roadster, serial number 70079. The stunning car will be up for grabs at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auction.

The King of Rock’n’Roll’s car was discovered in a barn in San Francisco in 2014, in much need of restoration. The BMW Classic team stripped back the car and completely restored it with original period parts.

The car itself was bought in 1958 by Elvis and he drove it during his time in Germany. The 507 was previously raced by Hans Stuck and was one of only 254 ever built. The 507 was originally painted Feather White, however during his ownership Elvis had the car painted bright red. Elvis also removed the car’s BMW 3.2-litre V8 engine and replaced it with a Chevrolet engine.

The car passed through a few buyer’s hands, then sat in the BMW museum for a short time before its restoration. Old and new techniques were used by the specialist department to get as authentic  a look for the 507 as possible. The original BMW engine was rebuilt using spare parts and the car was re-sprayed in Feather White. The car’s instruments and retro-looking upholstery were especially hand-crafted by the team.

Elvis Presley’s sublime looking BMW 507 Roadster will debut at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, 18th-21st August.

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