In the 1950s, Porsche and Mercedes dominated the automotive scene with their flagship Speedster and 300 SL Gullwing, leaving alternative European auto manufacturers with a burning desire to challenge the supremacy of the brands by introducing a worthy challenger. In response, BMW conceptualized the 507 Series II Roadster — an unwavering competitor that was poised to steal the throne from the two automotive giants.
The Series II was an exclusive offering with an OHV V8 engine capable of producing around 150 horsepower with a top speed of 122 miles per hour and a handsome silhouette that was produced by Albrecht von Goertz, a famous designer who helmed some of BMW’s most influential body styles. Sadly, only 252 examples of the vehicle would ever be made, and the 507 Roadster would be coined as the project that almost bankrupt BMW during its production. The car would eventually break free of its meager beginnings, becoming one of the most renowned vehicles of the period, often finding its way into the possession of interesting or prolific historical figures — and years later, the car’s legacy continues to provide as a substantial source of inspiration for BMW’s Z3 and Z4 models.
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