Unhappy with the Feather White finish, "The King of Rock n' Roll" had it painted in red
It was a little over two years ago when BMW announced plans to bring back to life a 1957 507 Roadster. Now, it’s ready to show it. Before you say this is not exactly newsworthy, we must mention the car had a very special owner at one point in its life - none other than "The King of Rock n' Roll" himself, Elvis Presley.
While serving his obligatory two-year army duties, he set his eyes on the car in southern France when hill climb champion Hans Stuck raced it at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry in March 1958. Later that year in December, Elvis leased the very same car.
He wasn’t too fond of the Feather White paint and decided later on to have it painted in red. In addition, he paid to have the 3.2-litre V8 rebuilt, since you can imagine it must have taken some abuse while it was being raced.
Fast forward to July 2014, and BMW Group Classic got its hands on the car and has been working on it ever since. After two years of restoring it, BMW is finally ready to show the rejuvenated 507 Roadster which has been painted back to its original white hue. It’s going to make a public debut on August 21 during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
With BMW celebrating its centenary in 2016, the company will also have at the event a wide variety of historic models, from pre-WWII classics and race cars to those very cool art cars signed by Alexander Calderand and Jeff Koons.