I would say any BMW fan can find something that piques their personal interest inside these collections; whether it be some of the early 501s, or the rare 507s. There’s several different ones within the collection, including Elvis Presley’s very own original 507 (pictured above). Fans of the Z series can spot different examples of Z1s, Z2s, Z3s or even Z8s throughout. Whether it is the Batmobile, the M3 GT or the McLaren F1, this collection definitely has a vehicle for everyone.
For me, the most interesting aspect of these cars is their individual stories. Take the 501 Taxi for example (pictured above); this V8 taxi was driven from 1955 to 1970 and has done over 1 million kilometers, and in 1970 BMW offered the owner a new 1800 in exchange so that they could preserve the one they now have in their collection.
My personal highlight would probably be the 333i — in my eyes it is the perfect E30 sleeper. After numerous victories of the first generation M3 the African market was very keen on the sports three series. Unfortunately, it was never designed to be sold in Africa and so BMW South Africa had to come up with an alternative. In collaboration with Alpina and BMW Motorsport they developed the 333i. Equipped with the M30B32, the 3.2L engine put out 197 horsepower. Although that might not be as much as the M3 it’s as close as they could get. One year later the production of the “Triple Three” was stopped and with only 204 ever built it is one of the rarest E30s today. In fact, the example the collection showcases has only done 14,000 kilometers!
However this is not the only car you can find in the collection that has South African license plates and a steering wheel on the right hand side. This first generation 7 series (pictured below) has a similar story to tell. Although an M7 never existed to fit the car with a matching engine, the M1 did! Yes, this South African E23 is equipped with the M88, engine of the M1. The 724i puts out 290 horsepower and has a manual gearbox, what could possibly top that?!