F1 drivers usually have great taste in road cars, and English legend John Surtees was no exception. The 1964 Formula One world champion and four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion bought a BMW 507 roadster new in 1957, and now, it's coming up for sale.
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According to , Surtees fell in love with the car after he saw then-BMW engineering director Alexander von Falkenhausen driving one at Hockenheim. After giving it a test drive, he purchased this stunning silver-blue example, and drove it extensively throughout Europe.
Early on in his ownership, Surtees complained to BMW his car wasn't as fast as the car he test-drove, nor did it have as much stopping power. BMW took the car back and "breathed upon" its V8 engine, enhancing the power and torque—though Bonhams doesn't specify what modifications were done. Four-wheel disc brakes were also added. According to Surtees, it was a great improvement.
Bonhams expects Surtees' 507 (or around $2.8 million at current exchange rates) during the company's Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in July. If you're in the market for a 507, this might be the best example around.