Two BMW 507 Sales at Amelia Island

Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company
Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Chassis 70134 (Gooding & Co.)

Constructed in late 1957, it is believed that this 507 was sold new to the United States through Hoffman Motors of New York. According to the research of marque experts, just 34 examples of BMW’s 507 were officially exported new to the U.S.

Over the years, the 507 was a frequent participant in many BMW Vintage and Classic Car Club of America events, taking part in a variety of shows, tours, and special BMW Holidays. Most recently, the 507 made the journey from Colorado to New Mexico, where it was proudly displayed at the 2011 Santa Fe Concorso.

Today, this 507 appears to have never been subject to a complete restoration and remains in strikingly original order throughout.

As 507s continue to join major collections, it has become increasingly difficult to find such a desirable car for public sale, let alone an example such as this, with remarkable originality and a well-known provenance. Presented here is a matching-numbers 507 that has been the undisputed centerpiece of a highly regarded, single-marque collection for almost 30 years.

BMW 507 Chassis 70156 (RM Auctions)

It is safe to say that Malcolm Pray was among the 507’s admirers when it was first offered, which was about the same time that he was getting his own start in selling German automobiles. He was further influenced by an encounter with a fellow Greenwich resident, Al Mitchell, who was an airline pilot who happened to own a 507.

After an inquiry from Pray, Mitchell located this car in Pennsylvania, still with its original owner, Alan Friedland. Friedland was an enthusiastic participant in Sports Car Club of America races during this era. Surviving records indicate that Friedland drove his 507 in the Northeast Ohio Regional Races of the SCCA. The car was purchased by Mr. Pray, who became its second owner, on August 17, 1972, and he would never sell it.

In the 1980s, the interior was reupholstered in red Connolly leather, new Wilton wool carpeting was installed, and the interior wood was replaced or repaired as necessary. In 1997, the 507 underwent more significant work, with all trim removed, repaired and reinstalled. In 2006, the body was stripped, minor scratches and dents were repaired, and all panels were refinished in Graphite.

The Pray 507 was equipped at the factory with a Becker Mexico radio, as well as with two of the most desirable items: Rudge wheels and a removable hard top. The 507’s original 155-hp Series II engine, number 40167, was recently offered to the Pray Estate. Its authenticity to this chassis was confirmed by the 507 Registrar of the Historic BMW Club Germany, Wolfgang Niefanger, and BMW Classic. The original engine was acquired, fully rebuilt, and is now offered with the purchase of the car.