If you're in the market for an ultra-rare, ultra-expensive BMW 507 roadster, but don't want to own just any run-of-the-mill example, fret not, we have the car for you. It's a 1958 Series II model that was once owned by Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, the very man responsible for the 507's design. It's coming up for auction with Bonhams next month, and we think you should buy it.
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The 507 is arguably the most beautiful BMW ever, with swooping fenders and perfect roadster proportions. Thanks to its looks and low production numbers (just 252 examples were built), it's become a highly desirable collector car, with values well into seven-figure territory. John Surtees' personal 507 sold for nearly $4.9 million at Goodwood earlier this year, making it the most expensive BMW ever sold at auction.
This particular car is a Series II model painted in a wonderful shade of red with color-matching wheels, originally delivered new in Austria. In the summer of 1971, it was purchased by von Goertz, and enjoyed until 1985 when it was sold to a new owner. It underwent an extensive restoration in the 1990s before eventually ending up as part of a collection in Germany. Despite the restoration now being nearly 30 years old, the car looks to be in spectacular condition inside and out. Even the folding soft top, engine bay, and original tool set look to be in perfect shape.
Bonhams will be on December 1st, 2018. The firm estimates the car will sell for up to £2.2 million (around $2.8 million).