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Lot 440: BMW R69S

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

In the early 1950s BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs, but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the R50 and R69. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the up-dated flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being the Earles-type leading-link front fork and swinging-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. The R50/69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961. The larger of these, the R69S, produced 42bhp and was good for a top speed of around 110mph. 'Luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes,' was Motor Cycle magazine's verdict. This restored motorcycle consists of a 1969 R50/2 frame (identical to the R69S type) and an R69S engine dating from 1968, both of which originally formed parts of machines delivered new to France. The machine is offered with French Carte Grise normale.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number440
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€9500
Hammer Price (inc premium)€10925
Year1969
Condition rating0
Registration number4564 TE 61
Mileage-
Chassis number648929
Engine number664706
Engine capacity (cc)594
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors