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Lot 444: BMW R26

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Built to the same exemplary standards as the Bavarian company's famous twins, the single-cylinder BMW first appeared in pre-war days. Indeed, BMW's first new post-war model was a single-cylinder design - the 250cc R24 - which arrived in 1948. By 1956, BMW's quarter-litre luxury lightweight had evolved into the R26, boasting a more powerful (15bhp) engine, Earles-type leading-link front fork and larger fuel tank among numerous improvements. Considerably more expensive than other 250s, the R26 was a relative rarity outside Germany, appealing to mature, discerning riders for whom quality of construction counted more than mere outright performance. This R26 consists of a non-matching frame and engine, which originally formed parts of machines delivered to France in 1958. (It should be noted that although the VIN plate is stamped '357940', the frame itself is stamped '359399'). The machine is offered with repair manual (photocopy), French Carte Grise normale and copy of an old CG.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number444
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€3800
Hammer Price (inc premium)€4370
Year1958
Condition rating0
Registration number4252 VH 61
Mileage-
Chassis number359399
Engine number357940
Engine capacity (cc)247
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors