Splinted with engine, four-speed, column-mounted shifter
Steel frame, aluminum-bodywork
Suspension (in front)
Rigid axle, torsion bars, longitudinal bars, Panhard rod
Koni telescopic dampers
Crown wheel (!), steering column with 2 joints
Drums, servo, (in front) Duplex-, later discs
1220 kg + driver
Approx. 220 km/h
1956 - 1959
Hardtop (1500 DM)
Version with 118 kW (160 HP)
First introduced in New York in 1955, it has strong competition, e.g. the 300 SL, the non comes along quite as elegant and less simply. One does not see at the 507 its relatively high price, not good for sales in the U.S., even though Elvis Presley will be won as buyer. It is - like the more civilian brother 503 - by Graf Goertz designed on the slightly shortened undercarriage of the sedan 502. Whose engine fits good with its flat design under the hood of the 507. Even the construction of the valve train with ohv accomodates a low height.
The design is called 'more Italian than the Italians themselves'. There is also a similarity to the English Roadster with long hood and hip bend over the rear wheel. The shape is later again revived in the Z8, but only because BMW has managed to overcome the slack period. Nearly the 507 would has become the last worthy representatives of a glorious brand. So it remains an important historical contribution to the importance of the brand BMW.
Although there are no data on consumption, but otherwise the car is described as a very pleasant touring car. Not such a sports car like the 300 SL but a reliable partner with excellent noise reductions, driving performance and braking, which are as drum brakes from fading relatively free. There are more likely little things that annoy easily. This is the controllability of the heating/ventilation, the right distance to the steering wheel to the rapid pollution at the short body overhang at the wheels. 04/07