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Bmw 503 - 1956-1960
Along with the 507 roadster, bmws first post-world war ii sports model was the 503. This consisted of a 2 + 2 coupe and convertible equipped with the larger of the two v8 engines that the company furnished the 502. While its relatively heavy weight held top speed below ferrari or maserati levels, the 503 was a luxuriously finished prestige item. Its high sticker price limited production to little more than 400
Top speed of 118 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 3,168 cc (3.2 l) power rating 140 hp transmission 4-speed manual
chassis: Torsion-bar suspension; Pinion-and-sector steering; Hydraulic drum brakes; 3,219-3,310 lbs.
price: $11,900 for the convertible in the United States in 1959-60.
designed by count albrecht goertz, the 503 was built on the same 112-in. Wheelbase as the four-door 502 and had the same box-and-tubular-section chassis. The long hood and rear deck were also the same, but the body of the 503 was made of light-alloy aluminum. On the cars protaiding nose was the bmw twin-kidney grille. Flanking two side grilles were round parking lights and, above them, shrouded headlights. A trim strip ran the length of the car.
the 503s 3-2-litre v8 came with twin carburetors and a higher compression ratio than the 502s engine. The transmission, originally installed under the front seat, was moved behind the
engine in 1957, allowing a floor shift to replace the steering-column gearchange.
This elegant bmw 503 convertible was introduced at the 1955 frankfurt show as one of gemtanys first post-world war ii sports models.
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