The BMW 507 roadster owned by Elvis Presley while he was stationed in Germany has undergone heavy restoration just in time to make an appearance at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and boy is it elegant.
BMW has been cataloging the restoration on its website, which so far doesn’t feature a picture of the completed car set to show up for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours starting August 21st.
The automaker announced it would restore Elvis’ very own 507, of which BMW only made 257. The rock star owned the car while stationed in Germany, and even swapped out the BMW motor for an eight-cylinder Chevrolet engine. BMW has replaced that with its own 3.2 liter V8 which was the original production engine for the car.
The paint work was also brought back to its original spec. The restoration removed eight layers of resprays, removing the red color Elvis had it painted and replacing the original ‘Feather White” paint job to the car.
The ultimate goal for the car was to be as authentic to its original spec, and not how Elvis had it, which is an interesting choice. You can follow the details of the restoration over on BMW Group’s Classics website.
We’ll be at the Pebble Beach Concours to hopefully see Elvis’ restored BMW 507 in person, and we should get a bunch of pretty photos of the entire car. Look forward to it!
This original post mentioned World War Two, which was over when Elvis had this car. Regrets and mistakes are just memories made.