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BMW 507 Roadster once owned by Prince William’s godfather is up for sale

Published 23 April 2018

A BMW 507 originally owned by King Constantine II of Greece will be offered at Bonhams Monaco sale next month.

The 1959 roadster, which was once owned by Prince William’s godfather, could fetch between €2.1m and €2.6 when it goes under the hammer at Villa la Vigie on 11 May.

Constantine II was the final king of Greece, reigning from 1964 until 1973, and was deposed following a referendum in 1974 in which the Greek people voted in favour of a republic. He remained in exile from his homeland for nearly 40 years after the vote, and only returned to live in Greece in 2013.

The BMW 507 is widely recognised as the car that re-defined the German marque. Famous 507 owners have included Elvis Presley, John Surtees, Fred Astaire, and Ursula Andress.

BMW 507 (2)

Constantine von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg at the wheel of his 507.

Designed by Albrecht von Goertz nicknamed ‘the count’, the 507 was aimed at the growing american market and intended to fill the gap between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and cheaper British roadsters being built by MG and Triumph.

BMW originally intended to build 5000 of the luxury sporting model, but high production costs limited them to just 252 cars. This Series 2 is more generously proportioned than the Series 1. Its smaller fuel tank offers more cockpit space.

For more informatino about the Monaco sale, visit Bonhams.com.

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