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1957 BMW 503 Coupe / 69185 Vehicle Information

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

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Sold for $220,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale.
Sold for $137,500 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale.
The BMW 502, based on the company's first postwar automobile model - the 'Baroque Angel' 501 - debuted BMW's new V-8 engine for 1954, providing the base for Count Albrecht Goertz to create two new V-8 designs. The 503 retained the 502's chassis, suspension, and centrally mounted gearbox, while the open 507 rode on a shorter wheelbase.

The BMW 503 was updated for 1957 with displacement and output increasing to 3.2 liters and 140 horsepower. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 120 mph. The BMW 507-type engine and transmission arrangement was now utilized with a floor-mounted gear change. A few of the transition cars still had a column-mounted gear lever. Production was low, reaching just 413 examples which included 273 coupes and 139 cabriolets.

This 1957 BMW 503 Coupe was built during January of 1957 and is powered by a 3.2-liter V-8 engine. It has the steering column-mounted shift lever for the four-speed manual gearbox. It was equipped from the factory with special options, including a sideways-mounted jump seat at the rear. This is one of only two known BMW 503 models equipped with this rear-seat configuration. The interior is believed to remain factory-original, the factory-assigned body-number stamping remains on the hood, and the vehicle's wheels are date-coded '11/56.'

This 503 Coupe accompanied a German international student who was enrolled at Northwestern University to the outskirts of Chicago. When the student returned to Germany, the car remained in the United States. It was later acquired by Frederick Reese of Woodstock, Illinois. Mr. Reese refurbished the car himself while retaining the majority of its factory-original components. Following his retirement during the late 1980s, Mr. Reese offered the 503 for sale. The subsequent owner, a Colorado resident, became the vehicle's next owner.

The car remains in excellent condition. Power is from a 3168cc overhead valve aluminum V-8 engine breathing through dual Zenith carburetors. There is a 4-speed gearbox, disc brakes in the front, and drum hydraulic brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014



2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $140,000-USD $180,000 
Sale Price :
USD $137,500

2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $220,000

1957 BMW 503 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 BMW 503
Chassis#: 69141
Sold for USD$297,419
  2020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek
 
1957 BMW 503 Coupe
Chassis#: 69185
Sold for USD$137,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 69090
Sold for USD$583,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Coupe
Chassis#: 69.181
Sold for USD$160,574
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1957 BMW 503 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for USD$330,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Coupe
Chassis#: 69185
Sold for USD$220,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Series II Coupe
Chassis#: 69116
Sold for USD$165,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for USD$231,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Convertible
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for USD$165,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for USD$165,000
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 BMW 503's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet by Bertone691462013 RM Auctions VILLA ERBA$240,000  

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BMW 503 Vehicle Profiles
Cabriolet
BMW 503 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 69081
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
BMW 503 Coupe

Model Year: 1957
Profile
Coupe
BMW 503 Coupe

Chassis Num: 69084
Model Year: 1957
Profile

Cabriolet
BMW 503 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 69090
Engine Num: 30088
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
BMW 503 Coupe

Chassis Num: 69116
Engine Num: 30101
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
BMW 503 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 69146
Engine Num: 30152
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
BMW 503 Coupe

Chassis Num: 69185
Engine Num: 30211
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
BMW 503 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 69283
Model Year: 1958
Profile


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