The "King of Rock 'n' Roll's" car didn't deserve its former state.
About a week ago, we learned that BMW Group Classic had completed the all-out, spare no expenses restoration of Elvis Presley's 1957 507 roadster. The "King of Rock 'n' Roll" bought the car that nearly bankrupted a still struggling post-WWII BMW while serving in the US Army stationed in Germany. Ironically, Elvis' 507 was only rediscovered a couple of years ago rotting in a barn. The restoration itself was quite an ordeal: the 507's original body parts and other components were virtually all present and intact, but the roadster had lost its engine and gearbox.
The rear axle was a "replacement part" whose origin was unknown, and rust was eating away the floor assembly. Even the seats were worn and there was no instrument panel. But now it's been brought back to its original condition, featuring a 3.2-liter V8 with the right 507 specs. BMW 507 chassis number 70079 will be making its live debut later this month, specifically on August 18 at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. It now looks identical to how Sergeant Presley bought it so many years ago.