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Elvis Presley’s BMW brought back to the future

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BMW has turned to the magic of 3D printing to restore Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 to its former glory after it was discovered in a say of disrepair in a pumpkin farm.

This is a car that had a rich history actually preceding The King took the wheel. It begined life as a race car, that the excellent Hans Stuck drove on track. It starred at the Frankfurt Motor Show and and so went into active service as a media test car. Presley was drafted in to the US military and sent to Germany at the height of his fame, so he may afford the finer things in life.

White car kept getting ‘vandalized’

It was white when Presley took deliquite, but he had it repainted red for a quite specific reason. Women were constantly writing their phone number on the car in lipstick, so by painting it red he mayn’t require to polish it all the time.

Life wasn’t so kind to the 507 in its later years. It was traded again and again and actually fitted with a Chevy V8, a move that may make today’s classic BMW enthusiasts cry. In ideal, original condition, these highly-prized cars alter hands for millions of dollars at the specialist auctions. If Presley’s car had been ideally maintained, pretty than restored, it may have been a record breaker.

Elvis Presley's BMW 507 after it was rescued of a vegetable factory

It ended up hidden away in a vegetable factory, waiting for restoration. BMW Group Classic rescued the car of purgatory and struck a deal with the owner that it may be ideally restored. 3D printing was an integral part of the system.

Some nights in the museum

Before it went to the BMW Group Classic Workshop, the 507 spent a few time in the BMW Museum in Munich with the sign: “Elvis BMW 507: Lost and Found”.

The company stripped the original car back to the bare shell and created the car back up. Original parts for this car are thin on the ground now, yet, and BMW had a secret weapon it may call upon.

The company embraced additive making a long time ago and was not long ago named as a partner when HP launched its Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer. So with the assist of one of the many high end 3D printing equipment on the market and a 3D scanner, it may only scan the original parts of another car and make brand new ones.

Elvis Presley's BMW 507 after a two-year restoration

This took two years

This two-year project combined this modern approach to restoration with traditional making and panel beating, as the team may not and may not only print equite part. It hasn’t specified precisely that parts were 3D printed, alyet the window winders and windscreen wipers did get a mention.

The team at BMW Classic Group took the opportunity to print and make a number of spares for this increasingly rare classic that has become a sporting icon, too.

Elvis Presley's BMW 507 after the restoration

A recreation pretty than a easy restoration

This particular restoration was a pure labor of love for the BMW engineers and with a dilapidated car to begin with they didn’t have to consider preserving the original car. So the end outcome is a visually astonishing machine, recreated pretty than only repaired, that looks like it only rolled off the production line.

3D printing played a relatively tiny part in delivering this historic 507 back of the dead. But now if Elvis Presley quite is alive and well in a few far flung corner of the world, there’s a great accident his old car is in advantageous condition than he is.

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