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Lot 441: BMW K1

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Launched in 1989, the K1 represented BMW's bold attempt to create a hyper-sports flagship model using its K-Series 980cc four-cylinder engine. The latter had been around since 1983 and for the futuristically styled K1 was up-rated with a 16-valve cylinder head and Bosch electronic fuel injection. For the K1, the K-Series frame was stiffened, the steering geometry altered and BMW's Paralever rear suspension incorporated, while anti-lock brakes were optional. Despite BMW's self-imposed horsepower ceiling of 100bhp, Bike magazine's test K1 recorded a maximum output of 107.9bhp on Motad's dynamometer, which was sufficient to propel the aerodynamically efficient 'Brick' to a top speed of around 150mph (240km/h). Delivered new to France, this original example has covered only 1,158 kilometres from new and comes with instruction manuals, service booklet (un-stamped) and French Carte Grise normale.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number441
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€5800
Hammer Price (inc premium)€6670
Condition rating
Registration number16 RR 61
Chassis number6374708
Engine number6374708
Engine capacity (cc)980
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors