BMW Finished Restoring Elvis' 507 And Holy Crap Is It Perfect

When he was stationed in Germany during his time in the U.S. Army, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll bought a rare BMW 507 roadster. After bringing the car to the states, it got lost in the shuffle and wasn’t rediscovered until 2006. Now, after decades of sun-fade and rust, the car has been restored back to its original luster, and it looks like an automotive angel.

There were only 257 BMW 507s ever built, so the car is rare on its own. Add to that the fact that this particular model had been driven by famous German race car driver Hans Stuck and—more notably—Elvis Presley, and this BMW becomes a true Concours contender.

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Here’s how the car looked before the restoration. Photo: BMW

BMW knows this, so they’ve undertaken a full restoration of the King’s chariot ahead of this year’s Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, and based on these photos they sure did a good job.

We’ve already shown some pictures of the car mid-build, but here it is after BMW completed the restoration (and yes, they yanked the blown Chevy V8 and swapped in the original BMW motor).

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