BMW 503

BMW 503 with first V8 engine made by BMW.

Today we are going to take a look at another vehicle from the brand’s past to see how much the brand has changed over the years. The car that we are going to focus on today is the BMW 503. Introduced in 1956, the car only remained in production for three years before it was discontinued.

Developed alongside the 507 roadster, the 503 was BMW’s attempt to compete with the luxury car manufacturers of the era. The likes of Roll-Royce and Bentley were already popular at the time and the level of luxury they offered to their customers was incredibly high.

The grand tourer was available in two different body styles, a coupe and a convertible. It was a 2-door 2+2 seater that looked somewhat reminiscent of the luxury cars of the 1940’s but with a, then modern, twist. It had a certain quality to it that made it look timeless.

Powered by a 3,168 cc (193 cu in) BMW OHV V8 engine that could produce 140 bhp (100 kW; 140 PS) at 4800 rpm, the vehicle was capable of reaching a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h).

Although the 503 was a fantastic car it was overshadowed by the 507, which sported a design that to this day people consider to be among the best ever built.

Both the 503 and 507 performed rather poorly when it came to sales, which resulted in the production of the 503 coming to a sudden end in 1959, after only 413 units were built.

There’s no denying that the 503 looked incredible and has it been released at a different time, it might have experienced better sales.

Are you a fan of the BMW 503? Tell us what your thoughts on the car are and be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more fun articles about BMW and its cars. We’ve looked at a number of incredible BMW models over the last couple of weeks. Although some were better than others, there’s no denying that BMW knows what it’s doing when it comes to cars.


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  • BMW produced 413 examples of the 503, 139 of which were cabriolets. The quality and rarity of the 503 have made it a valuable car to collectors, but for most people it remains hidden in the shadow cast over it by the 507.

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