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BMW 507
Postwar, BMW production resumed but with the Eisenach factory now lying in Eastern Germany that part of the business produced cars under the 'EMW' label and later as 'Wartburg' after an Austin Seven-based sports car. It took 5 years for BMW (west Germany) to restart production after the War, and then only with the rather staid 501 series car that was never going to be a good exporter. American importer Max Hoffman persuaded BMW to produce a car for the American market to rival the 300SL from Mercedes-Benz. The starting point for this new car was a shortened chassis from the BMW 503 sportscar, and the engine was a development of the alloy 2580cc V8 first given to the BMW 502 in 1954. BMW engineer Fritz Fiedler had to design the 507 using as many existing components as was possible, but Hoffman engaged Al Goertz to design the bodies of both the 503 and 507. The V8 engine was uprated to 3168cc and given twin carbs for a 150bhp output. Launched at the New York Waldorf-Astoria in 1955, it was more than a year before production started. Intended to sell for about $5000, the 507 was expensive to produce with its aluminium body almost hand built, and even at a price $10500 could not make a profit for BMW. Production ended in 1959 after only 252 were made.
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BMW 507. Under the bonnet sits a 3168cc alloy V8 with twin solex carbs giving about 150bhp
BMW 507 front
BMW 507. Created for the American market at the behest of importer Max Hoffman, the 507 was engineered by Fritz Fiedler and given a body by Count Albrecht Goertz. The chassis was developed from the BMW 502, and that car's v8 engine was developed into a 3160cc V8. Following its first airing at New York in 1955, the 507 was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show and deliveries started in 1956.
BMW 507 rear
BMW 507. The hardtop was removable, and the 507 was principally designed for the American market and developed at the instigation of the American importer.
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BMW 507. From this view the likeness to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, its intended rival, is clear.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W198)
Jaguar XK Sports
Jaguar XK Sports
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
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