The rarest BMW convertible of the legendary driver will be auctioned off

The rarest BMW convertible of the legendary driver will be auctioned off

October 13, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

There were three such machines in total.

At the British auction Bonhams will soon put up for sale one of three right-hand drive convertible BMW 503 1957 release. For the rarest model, owned by the legendary British racer John Surtis, they plan to gain from 220,000 to 260,000 pounds sterling.

John Surtis is the only driver in the world to have won the Formula 1 Grand Prix and also won motorcycle races in the 500cc class. He became the champion of the “Royal races” in 1964, speaking for the Ferrari team. In bike racing, the athlete won in 1956, 1958, as well as in 1959 and in 1960, driving the MV Augusta motorcycle.

The British driver purchased a BMW 503 in 1990 and owned the car until his death in 2017. In total, the Bavarian concern produced about 400 such models, of which 138 received a convertible body and only three cars were equipped with right-hand drive.

According to the seller, the 63-year-old convertible is in near-perfect condition. The two-tone body of the car has no signs of corrosion, and all technical units are working properly. In addition, the red leather interior has been preserved in excellent condition.

The rare BMW is powered by a 3.2-liter V8 with 142 horsepower. The unit works in tandem with a four-speed manual transmission. The convertible accelerates to “hundreds” in 13 seconds. The maximum speed is 190 kilometers per hour. Based on the odometer, the vehicle has traveled approximately 113,000 kilometers.

During the auction for a unique copy, they plan to gain from 220,000 to 260,000 pounds. The seller promises to provide more detailed information about the model with a personal inquiry.

Last week at a French auction, Aguttes sold a Citroen DS 3 WRC, which belonged to multiple world rally champion Sebastien Loeb. For the sports car in which the pilot won his last championship title, an unknown buyer paid 730,000 euros.