A car fit for a King, BMW restores Elvis' 507 roadster

A mythical BMW gets restored to its original condition.
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When you think of the cars owned by Elvis Presley, a BMW probably isn't the first car you picture. Presley took delivery of the car in 1958 and for fifty years the car had gone missing with fears it would never surface again. Thankfully, the car resurfaced and after two years of careful restoration, the King's 507 Roadster is back. 

The car's most recent owner was the late Jack Castor, a former space engineer and collector, who had hoped to restore the 507 to its original condition. Over time, Castor had collected a number of spare parts for the vehicle for its future restoration and began discussions with BMW Group Classic, who eventually acquired the car. Unfortunately, Castor passed away in 2014 at the age of 77 and while he didn't get to see the car through to its final stages, the restoration team went above and beyond and we can only imagine Castor would be ecstatic over the end result.

BMW Group Classic carefully and cautiously restored every little detail including a rebuild of the 3.2L V8 engine. This comprehensive restoration also included a restored front frame carrier in its original geometry, a period correct wooden nailing strip for securing the soft top, and they even used the old painting process when re-painting the car in its original feather white exterior. 

The car will be unveiled to the public later this month at this year's Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. 

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