Stunning unrestored BMW 507 could fetch £1.7m at auction

A gorgeous BMW 507 is set to go under the hammer later this month, and could fetch as much as £1.7 million.

The sea green roadster is one of the incredibly rare first-series models, and was built in July 1957. Originally, the car was finished in Papyros, an off-white colour, although its third owner resprayed it to its current colour it when he first acquired it.

During the course of this 50-year ownership of the car, he ensured the car was well maintained and regularly drove it during the summer months. Today, the 507 has 73,000 original kilometres (45,360 miles) on its odometer.

Stunning unrestored BMW 507 could fetch £1.7m at auction
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Stunning unrestored BMW 507 could fetch £1.7m at auction

Aside from the "new" coat of paint, the 507 is a highly original example, and still features the same red leather interior that was fitted when it was first built – which has aged somewhat during its 60-year lifespan.

Under the long, low bonnet sits a 148bhp, 3.2-litre V8 engine that sends power to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. When it was first produced, the 507 was capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in around 10.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 122mph.

Included in the sale is a set of colour-match Rudge wheels, tool kit, owner's manual, factory brochure and a certificate from BMW. The current owner, who acquired the car in 2014, also fitted new front disc brakes, although the originals will be included in the sale.

The BMW 507 is one of 252 ever produced by the German manufacturer, and will go under the hammer at RM Sothebys' Villa Erba auction event on May 27.

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