1957→1959 BMW 507 Series II

In 1957 BMW revised their flagship 507 to include more rear cabin space and changed minor details to refine the model. The BMW 507 is a roadster that was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959. Initially intended to be exported to the United States at a rate of thousands per year, it ended up being too expensive, resulting in a total production figure of 252 cars and heavy losses for BMW.

To increase space behind the rear wheels, BMW removed the valence and reduced the size of the fuel tank from 120 to 65 liters.

Compression was increased to 7.8:1 which increased power from 140 to 150bhp at 5000 rpm.

BMW 507 Series II Gallery

See full BMW 507 Series II Gallery

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1957 – 1959
built atMunich, Germany
price $$ 8,988
engine90° V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
block materialAluminum Alloy
valvetrainOHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement3160 cc / 192.8 in³
bore82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in
power111.9 kw / 150 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output47.47 bhp per litre
bhp/weight117.19 bhp per tonne
torque222.0 nm / 163.7 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameAluminum & Tubular Steel over Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeMetal Discs or Optional Ridge
front brakesDiscs
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspensionRigid Axle w/Coil Springs
curb weight1280 kg / 2822 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1445 mm / 56.9 in
rear track1425 mm / 56.1 in
length4380 mm / 172.4 in
width1650 mm / 65.0 in
height1300 mm / 51.2 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
tran clutchSingle Plate Dry
top speed~200 kph / 124.3 mph
0 – 60 mph~8.8 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~16.5 seconds
fuel capacity65 litres or 17.16 gal.

Auction Sales History

BMW 507 Series II

1959 BMW 507 Series II 70244 – sold for $1,815,000 A Very Late Series II Example. Outfitted with Front Disc Brakes and Rudge Wheels. Sale Includes a Factory BMW Hardtop. Stunningly Presented in White with Black Leather. A Well-Prepared Example of the Iconic BMW 507. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Series II
1958 BMW 507 Series II 70157
– sold for $1,925,000
Perfectly Outftted with Disc Brakes, Rudge Wheels, a Five-Speed. Gearbox and a Hardtop. Expertly Restored by UK’s Noted TT Workshops. Stunningly Presented in Midnight Blue with Dark Red Leather. Veteran of High-Level Concours and Driving Events. An Exceptionally Pure and Correct 507. A Well-Known and Highly Regarded Example.
Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Series II

1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster 70156 – sold for $2,420,000 Offered from the Pray Collection. Two owners from new; single ownership since 1972. Offered with original engine, number 40167, verified by BMW Classic. Factory Rudge wheels, a Becker Mexico radio, and a factory hardtop. Impeccable purity and provenance. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions

BMW 507 Series II
1958 BMW 507 Series II 70134
– sold for $1,815,000
Among the Most Desirable European Sports Cars of the 1950s. One of Only 252 Examples Ever Built. Highly Sought-After Series II Model. Elegant White over Blue Color Scheme. Very Original, Matching-Numbers Example. Single-Family Ownership for Almost 30 Years. Featured on the Cover of Roundel Magazine. Offered with Original Workshop Manual, Service Records, and History File. Eligible for the Best. International Events Including the Mille Miglia.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Series II
1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster 70180
– sold for $1,650,000
1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster Chassis no. 70180 Engine no. 40188 Body no. 1179. Offered here is a desirable Series II variant with increased engine output and a little additional space behind the seats, offering those taller drivers a more comfortable seating position. It has been beautifully restored in striking Silver with contrasting handsome Green leather upholstery, making it an elegant, period-correct, and beautifully subtle alternative to the sea of white 507s more often offered Auction Source: RM’s Art of the Automobile

BMW 507 Series II

1958 BMW 507 70183 – sold for $962,500 Refined Series II Example. Beautifully Presented Throughout. Nearly 30 Years in a Prestigious Private Collection. One of the Most Desirable European Sports Cars Built. One of Only 252 507s Produced.  Auction Source: 2012 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Series II

1958 BMW 507 Roadster 70192 – sold for $1,072,500 Offered from the Lyon Family Collection. Formerly owned by “Bond Girl” Ursula Andress. Believed to have been gifted to Andress by Elvis Presley. One of only 253 examples built. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM

BMW 507 Series II

1957 BMW 507 70048 – sold for €728,000 From the highly-respected Panini Collection. An extremely original Series II example, with its original hardtop. Delivered new to Zurich; believed only three owners from new. Well documented, with long-term single ownership. One of only 251 examples built.
Auction Source: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction