A classic BMW 507 Roadster that was only owned by British motorsport icon John Surtees is set to sell for more nearly $3 MILLION at auction by Bonhams. The late racer bought the BMW Brand New in 1957 after winning the 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship in 1956.
Surtees had fallen in love with the beautiful German sports car at the Hockenheim race track and knew right then that he had to own one.
And he didn’t have to pay full price either. Count Agusta, the owner of the Surtees’ racing team, chipped in for half of the $4,000 price as a reward for his track accomplishments.
The blue sports car is one of the most elegant classic cars of its time and is one of the most valuable BMWs ever produced on the planet.
It is powered by 3.2-liter V8 engine. It a 0-60 mph in less than ten seconds and has a top speed of around 130 mph.
John Surtees still owned the BMW when he died in 2017 at the age of 83. To this day, he remains the only person in history to win the world championship on two and four wheels.
Surtees drove this BMW extensively, often driving to Italy in the sporty motor.
Soon after he purchased the car, he reached out to BMW to let them know that his car didn’t feel quite as good as the one he had first drove. He said that it wasn’t going up the hills as quickly as he would like, yet it was going down the other side way too fast.
BMW then increased its power and torque, and invited h to carry out brake testing in Birmingham with Dunlop. It was also fitted with four-wheel disc brakes.
In the 1960s. when he raced for Ferrari, Surtees wasn’t allowed to drive the BMW. The company boss, Enzo Ferrari, clearly said he had to drive one of his company’s cars.
Bonhams has now announced it will be selling the BMW 507 Roadster at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 13. The 60-year-old German sports car is expected to bring $2.8 – $3 million – making it one of the most valuable BMWs ever offered publicly.
Only 252 BMW 507s were built between 1956 and 1959. Elvis Presley is among one of the most famous owners of one.Categories: Blog