SANTA MONICA, Calif. (February 4, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce that its annual Amelia Island Auction on Friday, March 7 will feature one of the most impressive single-marque collections of BMW automobiles to come to auction in recent years. Stand-outs include a 1958 BMW 507 Series II, a 1980 BMW M1 and a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL among other V-8, Neue Klasse and high-performance models with many of the lots being offered without reserve.
An exciting addition to the weekend of festivities surrounding the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, this single marque collection is comprised of more than 15 unique, rare-to-market cars, and represents the best of BMW design and engineering from 1950s to 1980s.
David Gooding, President and Founder: “Spanning four decades of German engineering and innovation, these cars represent a significant presentation of BMWs. The emerging market for BMWs has set a trend in the collector car community not unlike the demand for Mercedes and Porsche from the same period. It is a very exciting time for these collectibles and we feel privileged to offer this impressive single-marque grouping in Amelia Island.”
1958 BMW 507 Series II Extremely rare and one of only 252 examples built, this car is designed by Albrecht Goertz and powered by an alloy 3.2-liter V-8 with twin Zenith carburetors (estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000). This is a very original roadster, finished in the attractive color scheme of white with blue leather upholstery, with its matching-numbers engine and date-coded wheels intact. Very rarely are 507s found in such outstanding, largely original condition. Delivered new to the United States, this particular car was featured on the cover of Roundel Magazine and was loaned to BMW for use at the Los Angeles Auto Show for the launch of the Z3.
1980 BMW M1 An important piece of motoring history, this M1 is a very special example of BMW’s original supercar (estimate: $325,000-375,000). The development of the M1 represented a radical departure for the famed Bavarian marque. Designed to do battle with Porsche at the height of international endurance racing, the mid-engine BMW supercar was developed in cooperation with Lamborghini, designed by influential Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro, and constructed by Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart. This car is only one of 399 road cars built and boasts single family ownership for three decades. Impressively maintained, this striking white M1 has covered approximately 25,000 miles from new and features a tool kit and service records. This supercar car is an important piece of BMW history and would make a welcome addition to any collection. Gooding & Company currently holds the world record for a BMW M1 road car during its Scottsdale Auctions in 2014 at $440,000.
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Produced in two distinct series between 1973 and 1975, the BMW 3.0 CSL was truly a racing car for the road. Specific features included a lightweight alloy bonnet and outerdoor skins, thin-gauge steel panels, lightweight interior, and an uprated motorsport inspired engine. One of only 169 early carbureted CSLS this car is one of the most sought-after classic BMW models (estimate: $125,000-175,000, without reserve). Beautifully restored with marque-expert supervision, this exceptional black coupe has previously enjoyed the benefits of single-family ownership for more than 20 years. This 3.0 CSL is ideal for long-distance classic tours and events around the world.
Additional highlights from the single-marque collection include several V8 models (501, 501A 3200 CS, 503 Coupe), various Neue Klasse models (2000 CS, 1602, 2000 Sedan), a selection of high-performance models (1600 GT, M6) and a full range of Isettas, from the early 300 to the 600. With again, the majority of lots being offered without reserve, there will be a wide variety of exciting examples across a spectrum of price points for collectors to choose from.