EXPERIENCE THE RESTORATION OF ELVIS' BMW "LIVE".
For some it may just be an old roadster with ripped seats, flaking red paint and dirty bodywork. For most, though, this is a magical car, a sensational model that sets hearts beating in full-on rock ’n’ roll ecstasy: it’s the roadster once owned by Elvis.
Following its spectacular appearance in the special BMW Museum exhibition “Elvis’ BMW 507: lost & found”, the long-missing car is about to embark on its next journey, set to last almost two years – its restoration by the BMW Classic Team.
The roadster will pass through a total of eight compelling stages – implemented with painstaking devotion and finesse by our classic car experts – up to its projected completion in 2016.
Be there live in every phase.
What’s so special: On this page you can follow every phase of the expert restoration of the roadster as BMW Group Classic professionals get underway.
From delivery to restoration: In every of the eight phases, our web special shows you exclusive photos, videos, background reports and news.
Join us on this exciting journey for the next two years to bring back one of the most famous automobiles in the world.
The King is back – and you can be a part of it all!
GETTING THE FULL PICTURE.
A find like the Elvis-owned roadster is about as good as it gets for the experts at BMW Group Classic. Hence the first step is to gain a closer look at the car.ASSESSMENT
GUTTING / DISASSEMBLY.
Following the vehicle’s assessment by the BMW Group Classic Team, the next phase in the restoration process was ready to begin: the complete gutting/disassembly of the car.Gutting / disassembly
PUTTING A NEW SHINE ON AN OLD CLASSIC.
Sometimes a new look just won’t work without shedding some of the old foundations first. This is a basic principle of restoration, and there’s no better example than this BMW 507.PAINT REMOVAL
WHAT COLOUR IS IT NOW?
Elvis Presley, King of Rock ’n’ Roll bought his BMW 507 in white but then got it resprayed in red. Legend says he chose the colour to remind him of the kissing lips of his female fans. After the passing of the King, there were six further paint jobs until the sports car made its way back home to Munich.PAINT JOB
ROCKING AND ROLLING IN ELVIS’ BMW 507 – AUTOMOTIVE MATRIMONY.
Marriages are lavish celebrations and completing a car restoration, the King of Rock ’n’ Roll's car no less, can feel similarly special. The newly installed individual parts are once again part of a greater whole and the end result is just like new. It's a great feeling and makes up for all the hard work.AUTOMOTIVE MATRIMONY
Such a find happens only very rarely. Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 turned up in a Californian pumpkin shed, was taken back to its place of birth in Munich and has been fully and authentically restored. It is now once again basking in the Californian sun as the celebrity guest of the legendary Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.Finale