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      01-07-2023, 05:42 PM   #1
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1959 BMW 507 series II sold at Mecum

Sold for $1,760,000. Such a beautiful car. Iíd just love to drive one for a few miles to see how it feels.
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Was watching when it crossed the block...it looked perfect.
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Iíd just love to drive one for a few miles to see how it feels.
Maybe... I wonder if it would be the "don't meet your heroes" thing? Obviously I'd love to own it, and I'm sure a drive would be incredibly fun, but... it might also by modern standards be pretty bad? Just wondering, can't really say of course.

I have a friend that had an original RX7. Even with lots of new bushings and things, though fun to drive, it was sort of a sloppy mess.
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Was watching when it crossed the block...it looked perfect.
Me as well. Looked amazing. The Mecum site https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0123-54...-507-roadster/
Has lots of nice pics.
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Would look better with the Rudge wheels, but that's picking nits.
At $1.7MM you are free to pick nits! .
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Maybe... I wonder if it would be the "don't meet your heroes" thing? Obviously I'd love to own it, and I'm sure a drive would be incredibly fun, but... it might also by modern standards be pretty bad? Just wondering, can't really say of course.

I have a friend that had an original RX7. Even with lots of new bushings and things, though fun to drive, it was sort of a sloppy mess.
Probably very true. Key would be to go in with low expectations of the driving dynamics and just enjoy the style and wind in the hair aspect.
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Maybe... I wonder if it would be the "don't meet your heroes" thing? Obviously I'd love to own it, and I'm sure a drive would be incredibly fun, but... it might also by modern standards be pretty bad? Just wondering, can't really say of course.

I have a friend that had an original RX7. Even with lots of new bushings and things, though fun to drive, it was sort of a sloppy mess.
Pretty much this, these should (only) be appreciated as rolling art, as technology moves on and takes no prisoners.
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I have the inspired successor, does that count?

Pretty much this, these should (only) be appreciated as rolling art, as technology moves on and takes no prisoners.
Absolutely!

I get the rolling art thing, but I think there is still tons of enjoyment driving older cars and appreciating them for what they were when they were new and the best on the road. Itís not fun to make them go head to head with modern iron.
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Absolutely!

I get the rolling art thing, but I think there is still tons of enjoyment driving older cars and appreciating them for what they were when they were new and the best on the road. It’s not fun to make them go head to head with modern iron.
I can recognize that mentality, it's a good one to have. Unfortunately, for me, I'm too practical, e.g. I was lusting after a F355 for the longest time, but if I did pull the trigger, I'd be very disappointed after having spent $$$$$$ when some run-of-the-mill GTI could probably run it off the road haha. That's something I personally wouldn't be able to shut off.

EDIT: ok, who am I kidding? If I did get the Ferrari, I'd probably be able to turn it off, that thing is gorgeous haha.
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I can recognize that mentality, it's a good one to have. Unfortunately, for me, I'm too practical, e.g. I was lusting after a F355 for the longest time, but if I did pull the trigger, I'd be very disappointed after having spent $$$$$$ when some run-of-the-mill GTI could probably run it off the road haha. That's something I personally wouldn't be able to shut off.

EDIT: ok, who am I kidding? If I did get the Ferrari, I'd probably be able to turn it off, that thing is gorgeous haha.
I legit was laughing out loud on this one. I hear ya. Iím the same way to be honest. I have to force myself to remember itís an old car, yada, yada..
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I sure that if I were to drive this car the steering wheel would be very shaky because if I were driving a car worth 1.77MM on the road I would be shaking. You need a big set to drive on the roads with the idiot drivers I see.
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Sold for $1,760,000. Such a beautiful car. Iíd just love to drive one for a few miles to see how it feels.
It probably drives as well as a 2x4 compared to what you're used to.
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It probably drives as well as a 2x4 compared to what you're used to.
Driving dynamics are not what any car older that fifteen years is about. Still, this unusual looking BMW does look very nice, if slightly dated.

Instead, old cars are about...whatever the buyer feels they're about. And therein lies the rub, the joy, and the expense. It's a triple win for sellers, and for buyers...sometimes...mostly? Who knows!
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It probably drives as well as a 2x4 compared to what you're used to.
LOL! So true.
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Driving dynamics are not what any car older that fifteen years is about.
Sheesh! I'd have to assume you've never had the opportunity to drive a good 2002tii, a first or second-generation M3, or even an E82 stick. All have better steering than anything made today by BMW. It's all about Dynamics!

There's no feedback like a well-sorted 2002tii driven at its limits, lifting wheels, and making the driver a better driver. And that goes for an E30 M3, too. I have fond memories of discovering that car—the very first we ever got—while driving it home the day it arrived. I'm happy to have had that experience and to remember it so clearly today. And yet every day I drive new BMWs as part of my job but it's the drive home in my 128i M-sport stick that puts a smile on my face. Different strokes.
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Sheesh! I'd have to assume you've never had the opportunity to drive a good 2002tii, a first or second-generation M3, or even an E82 stick. All have better steering than anything made today by BMW. It's all about Dynamics!

There's no feedback like a well-sorted 2002tii driven at its limits, lifting wheels, and making the driver a better driver. And that goes for an E30 M3, too. I have fond memories of discovering that caróthe very first we ever gotówhile driving it home the day it arrived. I'm happy to have had that experience and to remember it so clearly today. And yet every day I drive new BMWs as part of my job but it's the drive home in my 128i M-sport stick that puts a smile on my face. Different strokes.
I have a good friend who is a Porsche fanatic and he is an ardent believer that you cannot be a diehard or even truly appreciate your modern machines without starting at the beginning. You start by buying, or at least driving, the original and then work your way through the generations. This is the way.
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