1955-1960, 412 produced.
Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
Cabriolet,2 doors,4 seats
The BMW 503 was designed by Count Albrecht von Goertz, the same man who designed the BMW 507.
BMW ads referred to the 503 as " an elegant luxury travel sports car from the stable of the large BMW eight-cylinder cars." The 'large eight-cylinder cars' was a reference to the Baroque Angels, BMW's mainstay at the time.
BMW introduced the 503 at the Geneva Auto Show in 1955. Like the 502 which preceded it, the 503 featured a 3.2 litre V-8, the most modern engine of its day and Germany's first eight since the war. The engine produced 140 bhp @ 4500 rpm, and it powered the 503 to a top speed of 118 mph.
|3168cc||V8 OHV||BMW V8 (503,507,3200)||82mm x 75mm|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|118 mph||140 bhp 4500|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|231||BMW 503 3.2-Litre Coupé||Bonhams||2 Feb 2012||Not sold|
|155||BMW 503 Coupe||Bonhams||1 Oct 2011||Not sold|
|152||BMW 503 Coupe||Bonhams||1 Oct 2011||€27000.00||€31050.00|
|144||BMW 503 3.2-Litre Coupé||Bonhams||30 Apr 2010||Not sold|
|084||1957 BMW 503 CONVERTIBLE||H&H Sales Limited||21 Nov 2007||Not sold|
|010||BMW 320 CS Coupe Bertone (1964)||Poulain LeFur||16 Dec 2002||£11000.00||-|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2010|
|Looks familiar? - Challenging looks for an unabashed luxury GT? Sounds like a modern BMW - but they've been there before, you know.|
Graf Goertz'a grand designs
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car September 2011|
|Graf Goertz'a grand designs - BMW's opulent, unprofitable 503s pushed the fire to the brink of bankruptcy, says Graeme Hurst though you can clearly feel the beginnings of the successful direction in which it was heading.|