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3D Printing Plays a Role as Elvis Presley’s Long-Lost BMW 507 is Returned to Original Condition–And to the USA

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments


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A few of my favourite things in the world just take place to be Elvis, BMWs, and 3D innovation. The order may be re-arranged depending on mood—and I’m really sure I’m not alone in this either. But what a rad day it is when they all manage to come together as a excellent combination. Whilst the King is just here in spirit right now, were he alive (no conspiracy theories, please) it’s fun to ponder that he may have replaced his room full of TVs at Graceland with a 3D printing lab, enjoying the competence to manufacture big belt buckles and in fact futuristic creations galore. And surely there is no doubt that he may be cheerful to hear that this innovation was in addition responsible for resurrecting the BMW 507 of his youth.

A version few understand of and in fact fewer have at any time seen, this particular driving machine’s true ownership may have dislooked forat any time had the search not been on by both BMW Group Classic Archives and American journalist Jackie Jouret, of Bimmer Magazine. Elvis purchased this car in 1958 while in Germany for a nominal sum in fact and so at $3,750. With the original color in white, it was said to have been painted red not too long after as Presley was annoyed and embarrassed by the young German girls leaving their lipsticked red kisses all over it.

On the other hand a few of the details get hazy and there are a few inquiries as to what the real story was with the car or with the paint—and additional—it may seem that after just about 50 years and a few time being abutilized on the racetrack and as a test-driving vehicle for the press, the car was discovered in the ownership of space engineer Jack Castor, who in fact purchased the car back in 1968. A car collector, he utilized the 507 to drive around town off and on and and so relegated it to storage space as he did have plans to restore it in facttually. In the end, that task was up to BMW, as while Jack in facttually became caught up in the excitement regarding Elvis, he did not at any time start refurbishing the 507 although he had many parts collected, and eager for use one day.


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Castor many most likely became additional distracted of that task when reading Bimmer, and lo and behold—there was an article of a car with the same chassis number as his: 70079. As journalist Jackie Jouret in facttually met him at his warehouse, she saw the chassis number for herself. Jouret, and surely at any timeyone, was amazed to see that they had discovered a car missing for decades, bearing ‘the holy grail one of BMW numbers.’

It may look that BMW went straight to work on buying that car of Castor. Eventually, they did strike a bargain and it went back to its original roots with the Bavarian developer, under the agreement that it may be restored as Castor had intended for it to be. A true prize, surely he knew they may uphold their end of the agreement as it was shipped by container to Germany. He died in 2014, nat any time able-bodied to see the final results.


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It was to be a pretty long journey for the car, of the discovery with Castor, to the return to BMW, to an extensive restoration project. Shipped to Germany, the car was and so exhibited for a few time at the BMW Museum in Munich, titled ‘Elvis’ BMW 507 – Lost and Found.’ After that, it was time for the team to hunker down and get to work at the BMW Group Classic Workshop.

“The opportunity to bring back the BMW 507 owned by the King of Rock’n’Roll to us here in Munich for purposes of restoration in accordance with the wishes of the previous owner, Jack Castor, was a dream come true for all those involved,” commented Ulrich Knieps, Head of BMW Group Classic. “This was an exceptionally absorbing project. The result is not just a source of excellent pride to us. Jack may undoubtedly have been pleased by the result.”

Plenty of work took a lot additional time than they’d imagined, of delivering it concludely apart to removing the engine, the dilapidated interior, and in fact the muted red paint.

With this amount of time having passed, obviously many parts for a 507 are now obsolete. This is where resourcefulness on the part of the BMW team came in—along with 3D printing, as delivering parts out of obsolescence is one of the innovation’s excellentest benefits. Numerous parts were just re-made (and obviously many cars may not get this treatment), with tradition meeting high-tech. From the instrument panel to the leather, BMW worked tirelessly to manufacture a conclude and identical reproduction.

When it came to the window winders and the door handles, here they were able-bodied to put the 3D scanner to work initially. By scanning the originals, they may and so manufacture a new, functional 3D printed part. This wasn’t the case for many of the various components, howat any time, that had to be made in the traditional manner. Interestingly, while they were at it, they decided to manufacture a new, tiny line of replacement parts for the roadster, now compiling a limited inventory at the BMW Group Classic parts shop. (Elvis and Castor both made an informative benefit for man car collectors in the end, it may seem.)

The 3.2 litre V8 was to be reconstructed with spare parts, and the Feather White paint was newly applied, via methods that may have been utilized when it was originally made. This put an end to a two-year project, and surely there were many who felt incredibly privileged to play a part. It is really a story, appropriate to the legend of Elvis Presley and his well-understandn love for cars.

Others who share a passion for both Elvis and rare cars can see the BMW 507 on August 21, 2016 at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. Many surely can enjoy checking out the unveiling of the new paint job, the engine, the tires, interior, and in fact the auand sotic Becker Mexico radio. Certainly as Presley’s sportscar manufactures it way back to the US in attractive condition, fans can have excellent interest and a range of emotions at seeing the results of such an extensive, one-of-a-kind project. Are you interested in seeing the results of all BMW Classic’s complex work? Discuss additional over in the 3D Printing Helps Restore Elvis’ BMW 507 forum at 3DPB.com.

[Sources: Automotive World; Hemmings Daily; BMW Classic]


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