1957 BMW 507 ROAD­STER

Automobile - - Classic -

SOLD: £3,809,500 ($5,040,500*)

It’s rare enough to find a BMW

507 that’s had just one owner from new. When that owner is world­cham­pion mo­tor­cy­cle, For­mula 1, and Can-Am driver John Sur­tees, you’re into uni­corn ter­ri­tory. Be­yond that, this ve­hi­cle has been treated to a host of spe­cial fac­tory up­grades, in­clud­ing Dun­lop disc brakes, high­com­pres­sion pis­tons, larger valves and car­bu­re­tors, a high-lift camshaft, and un­der­body far­ing that smoothed air­flow and raised top speed. At slightly more than $5 mil­lion, this car set the world record price for a BMW at auc­tion, and right­fully so. It is per­haps the ul­ti­mate ex­am­ple of a 507, and as such, the car fetched nearly dou­ble the pre­sale es­ti­mate and more than twice the value of a less pedi­greed car.

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