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For Sale: 1957 BMW 5 Series
in Houston, Texas

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Indigo Classic Cars
Indigo Classic Cars
13921 N Freeway
Houston, TX 77090
888-927-8860
Description
 
Specifications: 140 hp, 3,168 cc overhead valve alloy block-and-head V8 engine with twin Zenith carburetors, four-speed manual column-shift transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower A-arms and live axle rear suspension with torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,835 mm (111.6 in.) Like its rival Mercedes-Benz, BMW found itself in a tough post-war situation and needed to introduce a new model to gain the public’s attention. The 501 and its successor, the 502, were successful in achieving this, but the pre-war six-cylinder engine was dated and it was time for a higher specification model. Highly influential in BMW’s decision to market a V8 was notable U.S. importer Max Hoffman, who used his talent for persuasion and the size of his distribution network to convince BMW that a luxury sports car for the top 10 percent could be sold in sufficient quantity. Engineering expertise came from the talented Fritz Fiedler, who launched his career at Horch. Styling was provided by Albrecht von Goertz and the elegant BMW 503 debuted at the 1955 Frankfort Motor Show. The Bertone-bodied Cabriolet’s official production began in the summer of 1956. The BMW 503 Cabriolet is notable as the first German automobile to have an electrically operated power top. The 503 also touts welded tubular frame construction, aluminum panels, an alloy V8 engine, and very high-quality appointments. All of this made the car very expensive to build and production of the Cabriolet was thus limited to a mere 139 units. This fine 1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet, chassis 69146, was completed on 21 May 1957 and then sent to well-known German dealer Glöckler, of racing Porsche fame. By the late 1990s it remained in highly original condition and was in a West Coast collection before being acquired by noted collector Robert Pond of Palm Springs, California. Reportedly, during Mr Pond’s ownership, the very original 503 was treated to a comprehensive cosmetic restoration and mechanical recommissioning. The exterior was taken down to bare aluminium and refinished in this attractive white and the exterior brightwork was either detailed or replated as necessary. The interior was retrimmed in blue leather with white piping and today, it exhibits only light wear from gentle use. The top was reupholstered with a heavy blue canvas top which remains taught and outstanding to this day. At the same time, all gauges, knobs, and hardware were refreshed. Mechanically, only items that were required to make the car roadworthy were addressed in order to preserve the integrity of its originality. The 503 then passed to Michael Schudroff of Greenwich, Connecticut, before it was acquired by us. After some driving and a full inspection, we determined the car required significant sorting in order to perform as a reliable long-distance touring sports car in one of the many rallies and concourse events for which is is eligible. In April 2011, the award-winning RM Auto Restoration was commissioned to perform a detailed cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment of the 503. The engine was fully rebuilt and all mechanical and electrical aspects of the car were properly sorted at a cost of approximately $80,000. At this time, a set of factory-style Rudge knock-off wheels shod with new tires was acquired which alone cost $20,000. In addition, the brakes, suspension, and steering were properly sorted and a new flywheel and clutch were installed. The work performed was intended to make the car 100% functional while also addressing a number of minor cosmetic items found along the way. Today, the white 503 is exquisite. There is arguably no other color combination that is more flattering on the lines of this car. The odometer reads only 921 kilometers, giving the new owner full faith in the car’s ability to glide along with four passengers. Today, these cars are treasured by collectors as they represent a fascinating period in BMW’s history when the important German firm was struggling to form an upscale identity in a difficult economic climate. The 503 is eligible for a number of rallies and events across the globe and with such a meticulous degree of sorting, there is likely no better candidate than this example. indiGO Classic Cars is a member of the indiGO Auto Group. We offer an extensive range of superb, low mile exotic and luxury automobiles. Our dealership features a beautiful Corporate Identity showroom, factory certified service center, parts department, and Lamborghini accessories boutique. Allow us to also help arrange Enclosed Transportation of your new car directly to your home. Financing is also available. To trade your car or to purchase this car for yourself, simply call, email, or drop in (located at 13921 North Freeway (I-45N) on the north side of Houston) to meet the friendliest group of car enthusiasts anywhere!

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: P69146
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Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Houston, TX
Zip
77090
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
503 Cabriolet

Odometer Reading
921

Year
1957

VIN
69146

Vehicle Category/Style
Exotic/Foreign/Import

Convertible
Yes

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
White

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details

Color(s)
Blue

Seat Material
Leather

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
V-8

Engine Size
3.2L

Engine History
Rebuilt

Engine Condition
Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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