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    Russian 507? Concept?

    What is this? Anyone......Fred?
     

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    I've seen that before, it was one of a couple of other 507 designs, that one was done by one of the Italian houses if I remember correctly, this other below was by Raymond Loewy and is in the Peterson Museum.

    I just took a couple of moments and started a 507 thread in History, so please jump in and add to it!
     
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    I think this design is from Frua. The car is in the "Mobile Tradition" section of BMW:





    Sorry for the bad quality, but there was little time and room.
    Best regards, Dieter

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    I knew I'd seen it before, was that during the Inaugural weekend event at Mobile Tradition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    I knew I'd seen it before, was that during the Inaugural weekend event at Mobile Tradition?
    yes .
    Best regards, Dieter

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    Thanks guys. How many versions were explored, that we know of?

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    I found this handy PDF in BMW's archives.

    In total, only two BMW 507 chassis were used for special models.
    The American designer Raymond Loewy acquired one of them in
    1957; Loewy taught the designer of the 507, Albrecht Goertz. He
    created an exceptional, modern two-seater coup? body for this
    chassis.The body was made out of synthetic materials by the
    French company Pichon et Parat. Loewy drove this car for a few
    years and then donated it to a museum. A second 507 chassis
    was acquired by the Italian bodyshell makers Michelotti in 1958.
    Designer Giovanni Michelotti produced sketches of an angular
    roadster body with a hardop and had these designs made by
    Vignale. Not entirely dissimilar to a Triumph TR 4 in looks, this
    prototype premiered at the 1959 Turin motor show. It remained a
    once-off and has survived to this day.
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    Oh well, it was Michelotti, of course, sorry for the confusion.
    You can see some similarity to the later BMW 700 Coup
    Best regards, Dieter

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    I did think it looked very familiar, a bit like a (TR) spitfire on steroids....now it makes complete sense.

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    Michelotti 507

    As stated, it is a Michelotti design, and as also noted, it should look like a TR4, as Michelotti did that car as well. It is also very reminiscent of the Maserati 3500 Spider - another Michelotti/Vignale design.
     

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    Really handsome car, that Masser. Who did the Mistral drop top? Love that design too.

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    My Dad had a Mistral coupe for a while while I was a kid, that was a really great car to be a passenger in when he was tearing through the local country backroads, what a wonderful exhaust note!
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    The Mistral is a Frua design. Some of Pietro Frua's designs are achingly beautiful. like the Mistral. others tend to be overblown, and dare I say it, downright ugly. We had a Rolls Royce convertible at the museum done by Frua that made the current Phantom (aka the Rolls Kenworth) look positively lithe and restrained by comparison.