Rare 1958 BMW 507 Roadster fetches record $2.63M

March 25, 2014

An extremely rare 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster was sold at a recent RM Auctions event for a record US$2.4 million (around AU$2.63 million). The beautiful convertible is the precursor to all BMW roadsters, and you can see a clear relationship with even today’s Z4.

1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster

With elegantly flowing body lines, a long lustrous bonnet, and the traditional side ‘gills’ in the front guards, the 507 has to be one of the most stunning BMWs ever made.

It was originally designed to fill a gap in the market of the time, between the entry-level Triumph and MG sports cars from Britain, and the very expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Even so, it was regarded as too expensive and BMW made and sold just 252 examples. BMW apparently reported big losses on the project.

1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster-roof down-rear

This example has just 17,563km on the clock with a completely original 3.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. When it was new the twin-carb V8 produced around 110kW, matched up to a ZF four-speed manual.

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We love the simplicity of the layout, with a Corvette-like waist, whitewall tyres, and centre-lock steel wheels. It’d be nice if it was just a bit lower we think, although, after paying $2.6 million you’d probably be hesitant to touch it.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.