BMW 507 OWNED BY THE CAR'S DESIGNER VON GOERTZ
Stars At Bonhams Bond Street Sale

The BMW 507 owned by the designer of this legendary model, Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, is to be offered at Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale on 1 December. The 1958 Series II example is one of only 252 built and is expected to achieve between £2,100,000 and £2,200,000.

The model is recognized as one of the most elegant cars ever created and was BMW's answer to the 300SL from its rival marque, Mercedes-Benz. The 507 was driven by some of the biggest stars and influential leaders of the time, including Elvis Presley, John Surtees, Ursula Andress, Prince Rainier of Monaco and the Aga Khan.

This example was bought by Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, a German designer living in New York who had designed everything from furniture to fountain pens - but never a car. The 507 was his first automotive design, and was met with great acclaim. It was bought by von Goertz in 1971 and he owned it for more than a decade. It was extensively restored in 1990 and is in excellent condition.

The sale on 1 December is set to be one of Bonhams best yet, with highlights including:

- The ex-David Coulthard/David Brabham, Le Mans 24-Hour race, GT class-winning 1993 Jaguar XJ220C Competition coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

- The 1959 Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' 3.8-Liter Sports-Racing Two-Seater (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

- The ex-Martin Brundle, V12-engined, 1985 Jaguar XJR6 Group C Racing Coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

- 1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Liter Short Chassis Volante (£1,400,000-1,600,000)

- 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II Coupe (£1,300,000-1,400,000)

- 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer (£750,000-850,000)


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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