1961 BMW 597cc R69S
Registration no. 165 CXV
Frame no. 655310
Engine no. See below
Introduced in 1955, the new range of BMW twins had Earles front forks and an in-house swinging arm at the rear, housing BMW's trademark shaft-drive. Though neither was conventional, they gave stable handling and braking. Power in plenty was provided by the range-topping R69S, introduced in 1961 with a 42 bhp engine which, with the revised chassis, gave much improved acceleration and a genuine 108mph, high figures indeed for a BMW, making the machine into a genuine superbike of the era, massively outselling its 500 stablemate. The R69S, produced in comparatively small numbers, is today much sought-after. 165 CXV is an early R69S, built on February 10th., 1961 and delivered to the USA on March 24th. Completely dismantled mechanically by its late engineer owner, the hoped-for rebuild was never completed. The complete rolling chassis in good condition, together with spare 'guards, etc., has a set of mechanical components which appear generally complete but, at cataloguing, were un-checked for specification. Since more BMW material may have been discovered by the time of sale, prospective buyers are advised to make a careful inspection of the machine and the boxes of new and used parts.
165 CXV was last taxed in August 1977 and is complete with V5. It has great potential to be a the basis for the restoration of a rare and desirable BMW, since spares availability is very good.