The BMW 507 was a convertible produced in the years 1956-1959. It was originally to be exported to the United States in the thousands per year, but was eventually too expensive, resulting in large financial losses for BMW and a total production of only 252 units. The body of this car was almost entirely handmade from aluminum and no 2 examples were exactly alike. The convertible was rear-wheel drive and had a front-mounted engine mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. It was powered by a 3.2-litre aluminium alloy V8 engine with 145 hp (110 kW), could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.1 s and reach a top speed of 196 km/h (196 mph).