BMW 503 – A Rare German Jewel

Yet another car that I saw in the Technik Museum Speyer was a BMW 503 Cabriolet.  This car is shown in the image below.  Note on the image the car on the left of the BMW 503 is a Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the car behind the BMW 503 is a rear view of the Borgward Isabella Coupe.


BMW 503 Cabriolet at Technik Museum Speyer

The BMW 503 is another example of a German car that is rarely seen in North America.  The BMW 503 was designed by Count Albrecht von Goertz who also was involved in the design of the Nissan Silvia 1600 Sports Coupe, the Porsche 911, the Toyota 2000GT, and the Datsun 240Z.

BMW 503 Coupe

The BMW 503 is a two door 2+2 seater sports car that was introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The car was built between 1956 and 1959.  The BMW 503 was built in small numbers with only a total production of 413 cars, including 139 cabriolets.

BMW 503 Coupe from the Rear

BMW 503 Cabriolet with the top down 

The BMW 503 incorporated the 3,168 cc light alloy V8 engine which had a claimed power output of 140 brake horsepower.  The car had a four speed manual transmission.

The 3,168cc V8 Engine used in the BMW 503

The BMW 503 would accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 13 seconds along with a top speed of about 115 miles per hour (185 km/h).

The BMW 503 Engine Bay with the 3.1 Litre V8 Engine

If you want to see how the BMW 503 performs, then check out Youtube for video from the George C. Scott movie “The Last Run”.  There is a great chase scene up a twisty mountain road with a BMW 503 and a Jaguar sedan.

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2 Responses to BMW 503 – A Rare German Jewel

  1. Pingback: Bmw 503 Car | BMW Photos Blog

  2. pedro . says:

    I am looking for a BMW 503 gearbox ,if you know please tell me . Thank you from Spain .

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