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A rare roadster

“Supremely rare” 1959 BMW 507 roadster to be auctioned in New York on 10th December 2015

 

For our final pick of the star lots of today’s RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption auction in New York, we have chosen a “minimalist” 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II.

 

A rare roadster – 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II – RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale, 10th December 2015, New York – £1.5 million to £1.7 million ($2.3 million to $2.6 million, €2.1 million to €2.4 million)
A rare roadster – The 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II on offer at the RM Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” sale on 10th December 2015 in New York from the from and from the rear
A rare roadster – 1959 BMW 507 Roadster Series II – RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale, 10th December 2015, New York – £1.5 million to £1.7 million ($2.3 million to $2.6 million, €2.1 million to €2.4 million)
The red leather interior of the car is striking

 

Described as a “supremely valuable, important, trendsetting, and brand-defining sports car” and a “halo car”, the 507 to be sold was designed by Count Albrecht von Goertz (1914 – 2006), a protégé of the famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986), and is one of just 217 of the second-series variants produced. RM Sotheby’s remark that it has “a light, almost feline, design of remarkable refinement, married to a powerful V8 engine” and that it is “something almost otherworldly—lithe, fast and utterly beautiful”.

 

Restored in the 1980s and fitted with an unnumbered, factory-correct replacement engine, the 97.6-inch wheelbase car is offered with an estimate of £1.5 million to £1.7 million ($2.3 million to $2.6 million, €2.1 million to €2.4 million).

 

 

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