Elvis Presley’s BMW 507, recently fully restored by BMW Classic, will be making its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in less than two weeks, the automaker announced early August.
The car, which Presley bought while serving with the U.S. military in Germany in 1958, received several repaints during its life – Presley himself painted it red – but BMW shot it, using the original methods, in the Feather White it first wore.
The 507, which served as an auto show car and a racer before Presley bought it from a dealer, also got an original-spec 3.2-liter V8 with a mix of new and old components inside—the Chevrolet small-block V8 Presley had installed has been ejected.
BMW Classic acquired the car from its previous owner Jack Castor, who’d apparently kept it stored in a pumpkin factory for some years after he bought it Stateside in 1968. The car’s appearance at Pebble Beach will coincide with BMW’s Centennial celebrations.
- Speaking of The King, the King Midget, the well-known(-to-microcar-enthusiasts) compact American roadster of the ’50s, is being revived just in time for its 70th anniversary! Sort of. The King Midget Club Special won’t actually be available for purchase but a new set of build-your-own blueprints will! (via Hemmings)
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne signed an agreement early August that would see the state and province work together on integrating their automotive industry practices and policies. ““We know that Ontario and Michigan have much more to offer and much more to gain as partners than we do as competitors,” Wynne said. (via Automotive News)
- The Buick Y-Job, considered by many to be one of the first true “concept cars,” was added to the U.S. government’s National Historic Vehicle Register at the beginning of August, securing the documents regarding this important car’s history in the Library of Congress. Hemmings has a great write-up about the car. (via Hemmings)