Elvis’ 507 to be presented at Pebble Beach
The 507 driven by Elvis Presley while he was doing his military service in Germany in the late 1950s has been fully restored by BMW Classic and will be presented to the public for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours.
The car had originally been the machine in which Hans Stuck had won several hillclimbs before being purchased by Elvis who used it in Germany before importing it back to the US. Originally finished in white it was repainted in red during Elvis’ ownership as he found that female fans kept writing messages in lipstick on the car! Eventually he traded it in to a Chrysler dealer in New York and the next owner took it Alabama where it was raced with a Chevrolet engine. Eventually it ended up in the hands of enthusiast Jack Castor who put it into storage with a view to restoring it, but it wasn’t until many years later that he realised that chassis number 70079 was the Hans Stuck and Elvis Presley car.
Eventually after many discussions with BMW Group Classic it was agreed that BMW would buy the car and restore it sympathetically back to its original state. In 2014 it was exhibited in the BMW Museum in its ‘found’ state and over the ensuing two years it has been thoroughly restored with many new parts being remanufactured for the vehicle.
It will be presented at the Pebble Beach Concours on 21 August.