1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet / 69146 Chassis Information

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 503 photograph

1957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 5031957 BMW 503
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bertone
Chassis #: 69146
Engine # 30152
Sold for $165,000 at 2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $165,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
Sold for $231,000 at 2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company.
High bid of €240,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA. (did not sell)
Sold for $330,000 at 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
BMW unveiled the 503 2+2 sports car at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show and would produce them from May of 1956 through March of 1959. In total, only 413 were ever built, including 139 cabriolets. The styling was courtesy of Albrecht von Goertz based on ideas and sketches by Kurt Bredschneider. Power was from a light-weight V8 engine from the BMW 502. Displacing 3.2-liters, the powerplant produced 140 horsepower. They had a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

This Bertone-bodied 503 Cabriolet is one of the 129 drop-tops built. It was acquired by an American collector in the early 2000s, and at the time, was in excellent original condition. Very little work was required to make it road worthy. It was given a mechanical restoration which turned out to be little more than a meticulous detailing and tune-up. It was evident that the car had been well cared for since new.

The car was given a full re-commissioning, that included taking it down to the bare aluminum. It was painted in white paint with the interior receiving a refinishing in leather. All of the gauges, knobs and interior hardware were re-freshened, and a new top was fitted.

Since that time, the car has been used sparingly and properly serviced. It has been shown on a few occasions.

In 2009, this BMW 503 was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's auction held at Pebble Beach, California. The lot was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $275,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $231,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010

2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
$330,000

2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
€240,000

2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$225,000-$275,000 
Sale Price :
$231,000

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$140,000-$180,000 
Sale Price :
$165,000

2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$140,000-$160,000 
Sale Price :
$165,000

2017 2
2014 2
2012 1
2009 1
2007 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$371,787$583,0002
2014$275,000$330,0002
2012$165,000$165,0001
2009$231,000$231,0001
2007$165,000$165,0001
2004$165,000$165,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 69090
Sold for $583,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Coupe
Chassis#: 69.181
Sold for $160,574
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1957 BMW 503 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for $330,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Coupe
Chassis#: 69185
Sold for $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 $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 $231,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1957 BMW 503 image  1957 BMW 503 image  
1957 BMW 503 Convertible
Chassis#: 69146
Sold for $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 $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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the BMW 5031957 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 69090
Engine Num: 30088
Chassis information for the BMW 5031957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 69116
Engine Num: 30101
Chassis information for the BMW 5031957 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: 69146
Engine Num: 30152
Chassis information for the BMW 5031957 Coupe
Chassis Num: 69185
Engine Num: 30211
Chassis information for the BMW 5031958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 69283


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