1966 BMW R69S
Lot 109
1966 BMW 594cc R69S Frame no. 660908 Engine no. 657554
Sold for €18,400 (US$ 23,292) inc. premium

Lot Details
1966 BMW R69S 1966 BMW R69S 1966 BMW R69S 1966 BMW R69S 1966 BMW R69S 1966 BMW R69S
1966 BMW 594cc R69S
Frame no. 660908
Engine no. 657554
In the early 1950s BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs, but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the R50 and R69. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the updated, flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being the Earles-type, leading-link front fork and swing-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts for whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. The R50/69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961. The larger of these, the R69S, produced 42bhp and was good for a top speed of around 110mph. 'Luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes,' was Motor Cycle magazine's verdict.

This particular R69S was purchased in the USA and imported into the UK by the current vendor. Customs duty and VAT have been paid but it has not been registered. A most imposing sight from any angle, the machine is equipped with a Wixom full fairing and matching panniers. Run by brothers Dean and Stan Wixom in Long Beach, California, Wixom was once the USA's best known fairing manufacturer, offering various designs for both road and race.

Anfang der 50er Jahre begann BMW die Motorradproduktion mit technisch verbesserten Vorkriegsmodellen. Die ersten neukonstruierten Modell, die R50 und die R69, 1955 vorgestellt, verfügten über vorteilhafte Modifikationen an Rahmen und Antrieb. Als luxuriöse Tourenmaschine kostete die R69 so viel wie ein Kleinwagen. In der S-Version leistete sie 42 PS und war gut für eine Spitzengeschwindigkeit von über 175 km/h, woraufhin die Fachzeitschrift 'Motor Cycle' ihr "Hervorragende Hochgeschwingkeits-Eigenschaften, verbunden mit angenehmem Fahrverhalten in allen Verkehrssituationen, sowie ausgezeichneter Lenkung und Bremsen" bescheinigte. Die hier offerierte R69S wurde vom jetzigen Besitzer in den USA erworben und nach England importiert. Alle Abgaben wurden entrichtet, die Maschine wurde jedoch nicht zugelassen. Sie verfügt über eine 'Wixom'-Vollverkleidung, aus dem Haus des ehemals renommierten Herstellers in Long Beach, Kalifornien.
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