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Lot 42
1935 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P92836 Engine no. 10583
Sold for £4,025 (US$ 6,253) inc. premium

Lot Details
1935 BMW 198cc R2
Frame no. P92836
Engine no. 10583
Recognising the need for a less expensive model to compliment its top-of-the-range twins, BMW introduced its first single-cylinder design – the R39 – in 1925. Powered by a 247cc overhead-valve engine, the R39 came with a three-speed gearbox, and featured shaft drive like the larger models. However, by BMW's standards the R39 was not a great success and this first single-cylinder model was discontinued at the end of 1926. However, the Depression years of the early 1930s brought with them the need for an even simpler - and cheaper - model to compete with the lightweight two-strokes mopping up the lucrative up-to-200cc market. BMW responded with another single, the R2, which appeared early in 1931 and sold well despite the difficult trading conditions. The R2's 198cc overhead-valve engine was housed in a pressed-steel frame similar in design to that of the twins, and like its larger brethren the single employed shaft final drive. Various improvements were made as the R2 progressed through Series 1 to 5. An older restoration, this R2 was purchased from a private owner in Germany.
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