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Lot 442: BMW R51/3

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

BMW's first post-war twin was the R51/2 based, as its designation suggests, on the pre-war R51. Improvements incorporated included a two-way damped front fork, gearbox main-shaft damper and strengthened frame. In truth, the R51/2 was only a stopgap model to get production under way while BMW worked on something more modern. Its replacement, the R51/3, arrived in February 1951 and despite the similarity in designation had an entirely new and much neater looking engine incorporating a single, gear-driven camshaft and crankshaft-mounted generator among a host of other advances. This motorcycle consists of a 1953 R67/2 frame (identical to the R51/3 type) and an R51/3 engine dating from 1954, which originally formed parts of machines delivered to Algeria and France respectively. (It should be noted that although the VIN plate is stamped '540469', the frame itself is stamped '614238'). The machine is offered with French Carte Grise normale.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number442
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€9200
Year1953
Condition rating
Registration number685 QF 61
Mileage-
Chassis number614238
Engine number540477
Engine capacity (cc)494
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors