After rotting in a barn for who knows how long.
It's been a two year-long project, but BMW Classic Group has finally completed the restoration of Elvis Presley's 1957 BMW 507 Roadster. The King of Rock 'n' Roll bought and drove the car when he was stationed in Germany while serving in the US Army. The car itself was only re-discovered a couple of years ago in a barn, and the completed restoration will debut next month at Pebble Beach. Before work got started, it's very clear the 507 wasn't in the best of shape. It required a complete restoration as well as a new engine.
Interestingly, a Chevrolet V8 was installed in place of the original BMW V8 at some point in the car's life, but BMW found an original 3.2-liter V8 with the right 507 specs, which itself required restoration as well. The right transmission was also missing, so a replacement had to be constructed. The interior was also a mess and it required a completely new dashboard. In an effort to keep everything as authentic as possible, the right differential was also found and it was installed with a suitable rear axle. They even went with original drum – not disc – brakes. Official pictures of the final and fully restored 507 are expected before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance begins on August 21st.