BMW R5 494cc
Lot 40
1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916
Sold for £15,525 (US$ 24,845) inc. premium

Lot Details
1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916 1936 BMW 494cc R5 Frame no. 8815 Engine no. 8916
1936 BMW 494cc R5
Frame no. 8815
Engine no. 8916
Following the collapse of its aero engine business after WWI, BMW turned to other areas of manufacture, motorcycles among them. Its first two models, marketed as the Frink and Helios respectively, were failures, but a successful proprietary engine was supplied to other manufacturers. Launched in 1923, the first motorcycle to be sold as a BMW - the R32 - featured a 494cc, twin-cylinder, sidevalve engine having horizontally opposed cylinders, and this 'flat twin' layout would forever be associated with the marque. Setting a pattern that endures to this day, the first BMW motorcycle was relatively expensive but superbly engineered and constructed, while the quality of finish was of the highest order. An important step forward in the development of BMW's long-running flat-twin occurred in 1936 with the introduction of the 494cc R5. Prior to that the BMW engine had been recognisably related to the first of its type, the 1923 R32, and like those of its (494cc) predecessors, the R5's engine dimensions were 'square' at 68x68mm bore/stroke. However, the overhead-valve R5 engine broke new ground by adopting two chain-driven camshafts, a move that permitted shorter pushrods and higher revs. Maximum power increased to 24bhp at 5,800rpm while the top speed was an impressive 87mph (140km/h). An older restoration, this R5 previously belonged to prominent private collector Hubert Fehrenbach in Germany and was acquired in 2005. The machine is offered with German registration papers.
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