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Lot 134

1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I

  • Chassis no. 70044
  • Engine no. 40051

€1.700.000 - €2.000.000

Documents: US Title


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  • Single ownership for 51 years with four owners and 73,000 original kilometres from new
  • One of only 252 examples produced; exceptionally rare Series I
  • Highly original, including its original interior


One of BMW’s most celebrated vehicles, the 507 has remained an icon of design and Bavarian craftsmanship for 60 years. Conceived by the legendary American sports car dealer Max Hoffman, the 507 was intended to be the manufacturer’s halo car, bringing a company then known for mundane sedans and microcars into competition with the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

Sold new through Automag Buchner & Linse of Munich, Germany, chassis number 70044 is a rare first-series 507, produced in July of 1957. Originally finished in Papyros, a scarce shade of off-white with a red leather interior, it was equipped with whitewall tires, a hardtop, and a Becker Mexico radio with an automatic antenna. The car’s first owner would be Herbert Dinkheller, who worked for a tobacco company in Frankfurt and who acquired the car shortly after it was built. While the 507 was registered under the name of his company at first, ownership was later transferred to Dinkheller personally in November of that year. The car was purchased from Dinkheller by its second owner in April of 1958.

The car’s third owner, Hermann Beilharz of Mötzingen, would be the car’s longest custodian. Beilharz was a successful amateur racer of Honda motorcycles and bought the 507 with what little funds he could scrape together, as his pride and joy. Throughout the course of his ownership spanning over five decades, he made sure it was always well maintained whilst being stored carefully and driven regularly during the summer months. Photos are on file of the car from throughout Beilharz’s ownership, including some of him posed with the car on his wedding day. It was acquired by its current owner in 2014.

When the car was originally acquired by Beilharz, he refinished it in its current shade of sea green early in his ownership, contrasting wonderfully with its black hardtop. The original red leather interior shows the wear requisite for the 73,000 original kilometres on its odometer. Recently refitted with its proper front bumper and steel wheels, the car retains a set of colour-matched Rudge wheels, which will be included in the sale, along with a tool kit, owner’s manual, factory brochure, and certificate from BMW. While with its current owner, front disc brakes were installed to provide additional braking power; the original front brakes accompany the car. Furthermore, the car is still accompanied by its original German Fahrzeugbrief and a letter from Hermann Beilharz, which confirms its limited ownership history.

Having been cherished and well maintained by an enthusiast owner for over five decades, this car’s character and patina showcase its many years of adoration and careful use. Finding such a well-preserved example with its original engine is virtually unheard of.

Perfect for the casual Sunday drive or the basis of a concours restoration, this 507 will open a world of possibilities to its next owner.





• Un’unica proprietà durata 51 anni, con quattro proprietari e 73.000 km originali da nuova
• Uno dei soli 252 esemplari prodotti; uno straordinariamente raro esemplare di prima serie
Vettura molto originale; mantiene il suo interno

Uno dei veicoli più celebri di BMW, la 507 è rimasta un'icona del design e dell’artigianato bavarese per 60 anni. Concepita da Max Hoffman, il leggendario rivenditore di auto sportive sul territorio americano, la 507 era destinata ad essere la macchina “immagine” del produttore, capace di portare la BMW, allora associata a delle banali berline ed alle microcar, in competizione con produttori del calibro di Porsche e Mercedes-Benz.

Venduta nuova attraverso la Automag Buchner & Linse di Monaco di Baviera, in Germania, la vettura con numero di telaio 70044 è una rara 507 della prima serie, prodotta nel mese di luglio del 1957. Originariamente finita in Papyros, una rara tonalità di bianco sporco con interni in pelle rossa, era dotata di gomme bianche, hardtop, e radio Becker Mexico con antenna automatica. Il primo proprietario della vettura sembra essere stato Herbert Dinkheller, che lavorava per una società di tabacco a Francoforte che ha acquistato l'auto poco dopo la sua costruzione. Anche se la 507 è stata in un primo momento registrata con il nome della società, la proprietà, nel Novembre dello stesso anno, fu poi trasferita a Dinkheller in persona. La vettura è stata poi acquistata da Dinkheller dal suo secondo proprietario, nel mese di aprile del 1958.

Il terzo proprietario della vettura, Hermann Beilharz di Mötzingen, diventerà poi il più lungo “custode” della macchina. Beilharz era un pilota amatoriale di motociclette Honda ed ha comprato la 507 con quel poco di fondi che ha potuto racimolare e l’ha fatta diventare il suo orgoglio e la sua gioia. Durante tutto il corso della sua proprietà, che è durata oltre cinque decenni, ha fatto in modo che fosse sempre ben mantenuta quando rimessata per l’inverno per poi guidarla regolarmente durante i mesi estivi. Ci sono tutta una serie di foto, disponibili con la vettura, scattate durante gli anni della proprietà di Beilharz, tra cui quelle fatte con lui in posa con l'auto il giorno delle nozze. E' stata acquistata dall'attuale proprietario nel 2014.

Poco dopo che Beilharz l’aveva comprata, la macchina è stata riverniciata nella sua attuale tonalità di verde mare, in meraviglioso contrasto con il tetto rigido di colore nero. Gli interni in pelle rossa originale mostrano i giusti segni dei 73.000 chilometri riportati dal contachilometri. Recentemente sono stati rimontati i suoi paraurti corretti e le ruote anteriori in acciaio; la vettura avrà comunque, inclusi nella vendita, il set di ruote Rudge in tinta, insieme a un set di attrezzi, il manuale di istruzioni per l'uso, il catalogo di vendita del periodo e il certificato rilasicato da BMW. Durante la proprietà attuale sono stati installati, per aumentare la potenza frenante, i freni a disco anteriori; i freni anteriori originali accompagnano comunque la macchina. Inoltre, la BMW 507 è ancora accompagnata dal suo libretto Fahrzeugbrief tedesco originale e da una lettera di Hermann Beilharz, che conferma la parte di storia durante la sua proprietà.

Dopo essere stato amata e ben tenuta da un appassionato proprietario per oltre cinque decenni, l’aspetto e la patina di questa vettura mostrano molti anni di cure e di uso attento. Trovare un esemplare di questo modello, così ben conservato, con il suo motore originale è praticamente impossibile.

Perfetta per essere usata durante un’informale passegiata domenicale o per essere una meravigliosa base per un restauro di altissimo livello, questa 507 apre un mondo di possibilità al suo prossimo proprietario.

Alexander Weaver

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