BMW 503 1957
Chassis number 69154.
Built on 19 06 1957.
Delivered 17 07 1957.
All EU import taxes paid. Comes with Swiss history and Dutch import documents. This gorgeous example of the uber rare and desirable 503 model was produced on the 19th of June 1957. Originally delivered by Hoffman in New York, the car later found it way to Switzerland, where a select number of documented owners pampered the car. The car is in superb shape mechanicaly, and still has it in the car. The undercarriage of the car is very good, sharp and fresh , and it really should drive as it should. Currently wearing an older paintwork, the car would benefit from concession level, or can also be used as is. All the EU taxes are paid, and the car also comes with a BMW certificate of authenticity. An extremely rare opportunity to obtain one of the most mythical and sought after BMW ever made.
At the end of WW2, BMW was in a much worse state than Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart because one of its major plants was the old Dixi Works at Eisenach in Saxony - was within the Russian Zone and would be cut off from the West behind the 'Iron Curtain'. Nevertheless, BMW recommenced car production in 1952 with the introduction of the 501 luxury saloon, a bullish choice for an impoverished country still recovering from the ravages of war. The 501 had been announced in 1951 and first appeared with a development of the company's pre-war six-cylinder engine before gaining a much-needed performance boost, in the form of a 2.6-liter V8, in 1954. Designed by Alfred Böning, this new power unit had been inspired by American V8s but was constructed entirely of aluminum rather than cast iron. Towards the end of 1955 a 3.2-liter version was introduced and the big saloon's model designation changed to '502'. Clearly, this new state-of-the-art V8 had considerable potential as a sports car engine. Sales Director Hans Grewenig had been pressed for a V8-engined sports car for some time but it was not until Mercedes-Benz introduced the 300SL that the project was given the green light. BMW was encouraged by Austrian-born entrepreneur Max Hoffman, at that time the US importer of various European makes, who knew just the car: Count Albrecht von Goertz, an independent industrial designer who had worked for the legendary Raymond Loewy on the latter's trend-setting Studebakers. Designer of everything from fountain pens to furniture, Goertz had never stopped working for BMW again until the 1980s. Goertz was commissioned to produce two different designs, a Coupe and a Cabriolet, both of which debuted in prototype form at the 1955 Frankfurt Auto Show. With its long bonnet, 2 + 2 seating and generously sized boat, the 503 looked every inch the elegant Grand Routier. Even Pinin Farina was impressed, declaring it to be the most beautiful car in the show. Bertone was appointed to the handcrafted aluminum Cabriolet bodies, and the 503 Cabriolet became the first German Cabriolet with electrically operated top and windows. BMW high-performance, V8-engined cars of the 1950s attracted a wealthy, discerning clientele, including some very well -known names from the motor sport world. Expensive and exclusive, 503s were built to an extremely high quality, and only 206 Coupes and 129 Cabriolets were produced between 1956 and 1960.
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