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BMW 507 (1956 - 1959)
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BMW 3200 Michelotti Vignale(designed by Giovanni Michelotti, based on BMW 507)
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BMW 507 specs:

BMW 507 1956 - 1959
Engine V8
Engine size 3160cc
Max power output 115.6kw / 155hp@5000 rpm
Max torque 222.0nm / 174ft lbs@4000 rpm
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top speed 199.6km/h / 124mph
0-100km/h 8.8s
Weight 1170kg
Length/Width/Height 4397mm/1651mm/1257mm
Powertrain Layout Front engine/RWD
Base Price (for 1956) / Price for 2002 $8.988,- / $190.000,- - $250.000,-
Fuel Usage 17L / 100km
Overall production 253 handmade units

Few words & BMW 507 links:

   To some observers, the creation of the BMW 507 in 1955 must have seemed an act of marketing madness. Here was a company, struggling to stay alive in the car business, suddenly introducing a V-8-powered roadster that was even more expensive than the vaunted Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing."
   The 507 was the brainchild of U.S. BMW importer Max Hoffman, who was also responsible for Mercedes bringing out the 300SL as a production automobile and for the Porsche Speedster, a car built exclusively for the American market to compete with the likes of the Austin-Healey.
   With styling by Count Albrecht Goertz and a tweaked and punched-out version of the Ohv V-8 that was powering BMW's slow selling 502 model, the 507 was a sleek and swift competitor and a worldwide image builder for the Bavarian automaker. Fritz Fiedler designed the chassis, which was shared with the more sedate BMW 503 series cars.
   The 507 was a complete departure for BMW at that time, harking back to the days of the prewar 327s with their enviable record of rally and racing successes. Up to that time BMW's prestige cars were the 501s and 502s, bulbous sedans that looked like oversized sausages on wheels. The 507 was a true sports car, albeit a somewhat heavy one with its all-steel body topping the car out at a ton-and-a-half ready for the road. The optional removable steel hardtop added to the weight as well.
   This sporty Bimmer offered plenty of satisfying straight-line performance from the V-8 engine, and the dual exhausts delivered a delightful burble at idle, changing to a lusty rumble when the go-pedal was pressed hard through the gears. But the weight extracted a penalty in its handling through the corners and the drum brakes were never quite up to the car's speed potential. This was improved in the last batch of cars, built in 1959 when front discs were added.
   With a list price of over $9,000 at a time when a '57 Chrysler 300 delivered for half that money, the 507 was never expected to gain vast public acceptance. Rather, it was produced to put the motoring world and BMW's competitors on notice that the venerable motorcar manufacturer was back in the game to stay. At the end of the three-year run only 253 cars had been built, but this minuscule number left an indelible impression on the motoring enthusiasts who saw or experienced the cars.
   Today, even the shabbiest example will cost six figures to buy and concourse-ready cars approach the 300SL in collector value. Their survival rate has been impressive, perhaps because from the time they were new they were always regarded as special cars, which they most certainly were and remain today. Indeed, the new BMW Z-8 can be regarded as the 507's direct descendant-a compliment to the original concept, which is still a viable starting point for today's new supercar from Bavaria.
[ Story by www.hemmings.com ]


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