Journal: The BMW 507 Was a Beautiful Mistake

The BMW 507 Was a Beautiful Mistake

By Andrew Schneider
August 14, 2013
7 comments

Post-WWII Germany wasn’t the easiest place to live, much less keep a automobile company on its feet. The people’s morale, along with the economy, was in shambles, which gave inhabitants a shaky outlook on the future of the state. However, this was not the impression BMW gave off. In a time of peril, they managed to create what many would call the most beautiful BMW to ever come into existence—the 507.

Max Hoffman, the BMW importer for the U.S at the time, suggested that BMW release a roadster based off of the 502 model. At the time, BMW didn’t have an automobile that could compete in the roadster market. BMW intended the car to be somewhat affordable, but due to an unexpected increase in production costs, the car wound up costing much more. This price increase scared buyers away and almost finished BMW, as they headed directly for bankruptcy. From 1956 to 1959 there were only 252 507s made and the company lost money on every single one.

Although the 507 might have been a huge financial mistake for BMW, the car demonstrated BMW’s potential to the world. The car has an aggressive, yet smooth, flowing design. It is without a doubt drop-dead gorgeous and attracted celebrity buyers, including perhaps most notably, Elvis Presley. The 507 stands as a symbol for the start of a long lineage of beautiful automobiles for decades to come.

Photos courtesy of RM Auctions and via hemmings.com and bmwism.com [1] [2]

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Lola Peters
Lola Peters

BMW is the best luxury car as per my view and as i have, it has best features and new style rather than any other cars. But the proper care we should take and go for a best service station for the [url=”http://dreamcarsautorepair.com/bmw-auto-parts”]BMW auto parts repair[/url] and maintenance. So at the last go for selecting the best servicing station and enjoy your ride.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

John Surtees still has his from new… For good reason!

Alex Clise
Alex Clise

Beautiful indeed. But it’s no 327b

André Borges
André Borges

As seen in the movie [i]Fantômas[/i]! This is the most unique BMW I’ve ever seen. I’m not the greatest fan of BMW, though I recognize their savoir-faire and the fantastic automobiles it produced, I’ve always been more of a Volvo fan. Yes, you read it right. Volvo fan. 850s, S70s, the older pre-classic era of 144s and Amazons, all twist my head when it comes to high quality craftsmanship, ‘technology’ and engineering, but my favourite, the best, my dearest coupé just has to be the 1st generation C70. I’d honestly (taste is subjective, please, no hard feelings ahaha) rather having… Read more »

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee

I was hoping from some Desktop sized pics of the 507. Beautiful machine.

Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott

and it inspired the nearly as beautiful BMW Z8!

Brett Evans
Brett Evans

Could not agree more! The Z8 and 507 are still my all-time favorite BMWs.