BMW Classic has fully restored a 507 Roadster that was owned and driven by Elvis Presley during his time in Germany. Here are some of the stunning images
A BMW 507, once bought and driven by Elvis Presley while he was on active military service in Germany, has been fully restored by BMW Classic. Before Elvis bought the car, it was also used by Hans Stuck to compete in The car is set to make its public debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours of elegance.
The car was thought to be lost for many years, but when it was re-discovered in 2014, the car found a temporary home in the BMW museum. While it was complete, the 507 had suffered from years of neglect, and was in need of full restoration.
During the time that Elvis owned the 507 – of which just 254 were built – he replaced the BMW engine with a Chevrolet V8, and had the car re-painted in red. During the comprehensive restoration, BMW stripped off more than eight layers of paint, going back to the original shade of Feather White.
BMW also removed the Chevrolet engine, and has re-fitted a period correct 3.2-litre V8 engine that has been built up from spare parts. The team at BMW Classic decided to put the car back to its original form, which also required significant work due to the modifications done to the 507 in order to fit the engine.
‘The opportunity to bring back the BMW 507 owned by the King of Rock’n’Roll to us here in Munich for purposes of restoration in accordance with the wishes of the previous owner, Jack Castor, was a dream come true for all those involved,’ commented Ulrich Knieps, Head of BMW Group Classic. ‘This was an exceptionally fascinating project. The outcome is not simply a source of great pride to us. Jack would undoubtedly have been delighted by the outcome.’
In the summer of 2014, the exhibition of the unrestored discovery at the BMW Museum generated a great deal of excitement among classic car enthusiasts, but it also threw up questions: Was this really once Elvis’ BMW 507? And will it even be possible to transform this roadster back into a jewel of the 1950s?