Back in 1957, BMW produced good cars and the ill-fated 503, as a hard work of art. The same year, John Surtees, the man who would later become the first Formula One and Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, rode ahead of the field on the back of the MV Agusta.
A rare example of this 503 losing bet made by BMW in 1990, when he bought the one in the gallery above to become its second owner, Surtees, the winner got to meet. As with many of the things that belonged to the great people that are no longer among us, next week, at the hands of Bonhams, the car is going under the hammer.
The auction house expects to get for the car is £220,000-£ 260,000 ($287,000-$ 339,00), as it has a range of items going for it.
First of all, the fact that it is one of just over 400 to have been made. Of these, 138 were cabriolets like this one, and only three with a right-hand drive configuration were listed.
Then there is the fact that Surtees himself owned it and used it until his death in 2017. And then there are also items like a detailed history log, a champion’s V5C Registration Certificate, and descriptions of works carried out during the ownership of John Surtees.
That is because, as the auction house notes, the car is no longer in stock, having been “restored to a condition that satisfied me.”
“It looks superb, runs likewise and everything that was original works, including the foldaway roof operated by a hydraulic pump.”
In terms of changes made, we are not told exactly what that entails, if any, but we do know that the car still packs the original 3.2-liter V8 under the hood, which was rated at 140 hp in its factory configuration and had a top speed of 118 mph (190 mph).
The car sale occurs at ‘Earl ‘s Court’ at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on October 17.