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BMW 507 Roadster

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. The BMW 507 was conceived by U.S. automobile importer Max Hoffman who, in 1954, persuaded the BMW management to produce a roadster version of the BMW 501 and BMW 502 saloons to fill the gap between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the cheap and underpowered Triumph and MG sports cars. BMW engineer Fritz Fiedler was assigned to design the rolling chassis, using existing components wherever possible. Early body designs by Ernst Loof were rejected by Hoffman, who found them to be unappealing. In November 1954, at Hoffman's insistence, BMW contracted designer Albrecht von Goertz to design the BMW 503 and the 507. The 507 frame was a shortened 503 frame, the wheelbase having been reduced from 2,835 millimetres (111.6 in) to 2,480 millimetres (98 in). The body was almost entirely hand-formed of aluminium, and no two models were exactly the same. The engine was BMW's aluminium alloy OHV V8, of 3,168 cubic centimetres (193.3 cu in) displacement, with pushrod-operated overhead valves. The 507 remains a milestone model for its attractive styling. Only 252 were built, plus two prototypes. Several notable personalities for example Elvis Presly, Alain Delon have owned 507s.The styling of the 507 later influenced the Z3, the Z4, and, most noticeably, the Z8, with its chromed side vents and horizontal front grilles.

Wertentwicklung von 2008 - 2014:

Bereits erfolgreiche Wertenwticklung Already successful Model: 124%
Shortfacts
Production:
1956 – 1959
Body style:
2-door convertible
Engine:
3.2 L; V8
Successor:
BMW Z8
Number:
252
 
 

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