speed manual RWD
kg / 2835 lbs
BMW 507 was a luxury sports car introduced at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York in the summer of 1955. The 507, which was
designed by Albrecht Goertz, featured simple, flowing contours
and classic proportions. The bodies were hand formed from lightweight
The BMW 507 was based on a drastically modified BMW 503 saloon
chassis. And this in part meant that although the car was a
serious performer on the road, it was too compromised to be
an all-out racer. The 507s racing career was less than distinguished.
Under the long, low bonnet of the BMW 507 lay a 3168 cc, alloy
V8 engine borrowed from the BMW 502 saloon. In standard form
it developed 150 horsepower. However a 160 hp version was an
option. This engine (with the correct rear-end gearing) allowed
the car to hit 140 mph.
The engine was mated to a 4 speed manual gearbox driving the
rear wheels. Various rear-end ratios were available, offering
the buyers a choice between higher top speed, or faster acceleration.
While the BMW 507 was a highly prestigious car, owned by the
worlds rich and famous, it was a financial disaster for BMW.
The company lost money on every 507 built. This forced the company
to discontinue the model in 1959 after only four years of production.
In total 252 BMW 507s were built.
Today the BMW 507 is one of the manufacturers most desirable
classic models. Collectors exchange vast sums of money in order
to get one in their garage.
The 507 also provided the inspiration and design influence for
the BMW Z8 sports car from 2000.
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