Originally intended to bridge the gap between the high-end Mercedes-Benz 300SL and more budget-friendly Triumph sports cars of the era, BMW’s 507 roadster had an impressive pedigree but a woefully short production life. Now, however, they are highly sought after by collectors around the world. This one headed to auction, however, has a leg up on the competition, as it was owned by legendary motorcycle and F1 racer, John Surtees.
Purchased brand-new at the height of his career (while he was the reigning 500cc Motorcycle World Champion), Surtees was the sole owner of this vehicle up until his death in March of 2017. In fact, this is the same car he drove to Maranello when he signed on to drive with Ferrari. It was even given a special touch by the folks at BMW to increase its power and torque. Now, it will be headed to auction courtesy of the legendary driver’s estate and the folks at Bonhams – where it is expected to go for between $2.8-$3.1 million. But that’s the price you pay for an important piece of automotive history.