The King’s German roadster had come through a lot to restore its former glory
As you recently discovered, BMW got its hand on Elvis’ decaying 507 and took on the challenge of making it look brand-new again. Here’s how they’ve done it.
At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW showcased the completely restored roadster of the “King of Rock’n’Roll.” Judging by the car’s altered state, it was a process that must’ve had taken a lot of work and some occult practices, we thought.
Although the clip below doesn’t mention the latter, it highlights all the interventions the 1958 BMW 507 was put through to become the beautiful exhibit it is now.
Using a 3.2-liter aluminum V8 with 150 hp, mated to a four-speed transmission, the stylish 507 was BMW’s first take on the luxury car market – one that led to near-bankruptcy losses for the German carmaker. Due to the high production costs, BMW lost money on each 507 built.
Now, if you have an hour to spare, you can watch how Elvis’ 507 was brought to life.