A BMW owned and driven by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself is to go on display following extensive restoration work.
The 507 convertible was bought by Elvis Presley while he was stationed in Germany with the US Army.
It was then purchased by Jack Castor in 1968, who, unaware of its provenance, kept it in his barn, until it was discovered by Jackie Jouret from Bimmer magazine.
After extensive investigation, the pair ascertained that this was in fact the exact model owned by Presley, serial number 70079.
The same car had reportedly been raced by German racing driver Hans Stuck, and had featured in Dr. Karlheinz Lange’s book, ‘The legendary BMW 507’, published by BMW Mobile Tradition.
Two years ago, BMW Classic Group got to work on restoring the significantly decayed car, many parts of which needed to be repaired, replaced, or reconstructed.
With eight paintjobs to remove, and an entire new interior to construct, the Classic Group team had a huge job on their hands.
Perhaps the most difficult part of the job for the restorers was building and fitting a new BMW V8 powertrain for the 507, after a previous owner had replaced the original engine with a Chevy V8.?
After the long and complicated restoration process, the model is now set to go on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which will take place next month.
It will feature alongside a number of other vintage BMWs celebrating the company's centennial.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
August 1, 2016