Paris

7 February 2018

1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II

  • Chassis no. 70127
  • Engine no. 40133
  • Body no. 1126

Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief


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  • Just two German owners from new; single ownership for over four decades
  • Maintained by the same BMW-trained mechanic since new
  • A truly remarkable 507, highly original throughout


Elisabeth Bartels first laid eyes on this lovely white BMW 507 on 23 April 1958. A gift from her husband, Wilhelm Bartels, the owner of a footwear shop, the 507 would become one of her dearest possessions. Not only was it a car that she used, enjoyed and treasured dearly for decades, but it would also become a fixture in her and her husband’s life. As time marched on, the 507 stayed within the family, and several years after it was purchased, it was upgraded with front disc brakes by the local, authorized BMW mechanic. Amazingly, this same individual has serviced the car from new to the current day and remains just as infatuated with the car as Mrs Bartels was. Throughout her ownership, the car was always maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice, and it was looked after as not ‘just a car’, but as a cherished member of the family.

The current owner first became acquainted with the car and Mrs Bartels in 1983, and he instantly fell in love with the 507, begging her to sell it to him. She never relented and decades passed, yet the current owner never fell out of touch with Mr Bartels or out of love with the car. In 2004, she finally decided to part ways with the 507, and it was purchased by the current owner.

Shortly after the purchase, some minor work was done to freshen the 507 for further use and enjoyment. It was fitted with new carpets, a new soft top and a set of Rudge wheels, and the seats were recovered in their original pattern (yet the door panels remain original). Furthermore, it is important to note that the car still retains its front disc brakes, as installed at Mrs Bartels’ request. Registered after the work was completed in 2005, the owner and his wife used the 507 as intended and attended many BMW V8 club meetings. Appropriately, the 507 never disappeared from Mrs Bartels’ life, and the current owner often drove to her house to visit in ‘her’ 507 until her passing in 2006.

Cared for by two loving enthusiasts for its entire life, this 507 has truly led a blessed life, never falling into periods of neglect, abandonment or misuse like many of its contemporaries. Loved by not only those who have been lucky enough to own it, the car has received the same level of adoration from a singular BMW-trained mechanic its whole life, something that almost no other car in existence today can boast. Never fully restored, it is remarkably original throughout and remains ready for anything that its next owner has in store.





• Deux propriétaires allemands depuis l'origine ; même propriétaire pendant plus de 40 ans
• Entretenue depuis l'origine par le même mécano formé chez BMW
• Une 507 vraiment remarquable, entièrement en état d'origine

Elisabeth Bartels a posé pour la première fois les yeux sur cette belle BMW 507 le 23 avril 1958. Cadeau de son mari Wilhelm Bartels, propriétaire d'un magasin de chaussures, cette 507 allait devenir l'une de leurs possessions les plus chères. Non seulement Elisabeth Bartels a utilisé cette voiture et l'a soignée pendant plusieurs dizaines d'années, mais en plus cette 507 a accompagné leur histoire. Le temps passant, elle est restée dans la famille et, plusieurs années après son achat, elle a bénéficié de la pose de freins à disque à l'avant, opération effectuée par le mécanicien local, agréé par BMW. Ce qui est incroyable, c'est que ce même mécanicien s'est occupé de l'entretien de la voiture de l'origine à aujourd'hui, et qu'il y est resté aussi attaché que l'était M. Bartels. Ainsi, entre les mains des époux Bartels, cette 507 a toujours été entretenue et prête à prendre la route à tout moment, avec l'attention que l'on prêterait à un membre de la famille plutôt qu'à une "simple" voiture.

Le propriétaire actuel a fait la connaissance en 1983 de Mme Bartels et de cette 507, dont il est tombé immédiatement amoureux. Il a prié sa propriétaire de lui céder, mais elle n'a pas accepté et, malgré les années qui se sont ensuite écoulées, il est resté attiré par cette voiture et n'a jamais renoncé à ce projet. Finalement, en 2004, elle décidait de s'en séparer et son propriétaire actuel en faisait l'acquisition.

Peu après l'achat, quelques travaux étaient effectués pour remettre la voiture à niveau et permettre un usage sous souci. Elle recevait des moquettes et une capote neuves, des jantes Rudge et la sellerie des sièges étaient refaite avec leur présentation d'origine (mais les contreportes conservent leur élément d'origine). Il faut également noter que la voiture a conservé les freins à disque installés à la demande de M. Bartels. Immatriculée en 2005 après la fin des travaux, elle était ensuite utilisée par le propriétaire et son épouse, qui prenaient part à de nombreux rassemblement du club BMW V8. D'ailleurs, la 507 ne disparaissait jamais complètement de la vie de Mme Bartels et l'actuel propriétaire se rendait souvent chez elle avec "sa" 507, jusqu'à son décès en 2006.

Amoureusement soignée durant toute son existence par deux amateurs passionnés, cette 507 a mené une vie de rêve, ne connaissant jamais de période de négligence, d'abandon ou de mauvais traitements, contrairement à nombre de ses contemporaines. Elle a de plus reçu sans interruption le même niveau d'attention de la part du même mécanicien formé chez BMW, une situation à laquelle ne peut prétendre pratiquement aucune autre automobile. Jamais complètement restaurée, elle est dans un état d'origine remarquable et reste prête à l'usage que souhaitera lui réserver son prochain propriétaire.

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