Every collectible in the world is enhanced by an exciting preface; and the story behind this particular collectible - the BMW 507 - is nothing short of extraordinary. What began as an avid-adventure soon turned into a treasure hunt, as Jackie Jouret, journalist at the Bummer Magazine, finally unearthed the 507 – the long lost car of the Elvis Presley – to make this exceptional piece of automotive history accessible to a whole new world.
The King’s glittering comeback represents one of the greatest classic-car discoveries of all-time. The BMW 507 was driven by Elvis Presley while he was undergoing military service in Germany, yet after completing service the car disappeared for nearly 50 years and it was believed to be ‘lost’ before returning to the limelight this week.
After almost two years of extensive restoration, BMW Group Classic is presenting this illusive roadster for the first time in a public arena. The painstaking renovation has restored the model back to its scintillating best, and it will be exhibited on the 21st August 2016 at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. The unique model will be on view for visitors in the exact condition as it was sold when Presley took delivery of the car on the 20th December 1958 – complete with feather white paintwork, the 150 hp V8 aluminium engine, centre-lock rims, black-and-white interior and a Becker Mexico radio.
The 507 has always been one of the most exclusive and sought-after rarities in the modern motoring world – with just 254 models being produced between 1955 and 1959 – yet this one is undoubtedly the very best yet. Take a closer look at the 507 in all its glory in the image gallery below and for further information, be sure to check out the BMW Group Classic website.