BMW R69 with 750cc engine
Lot 121
1961 BMW 750cc R69S (see text) Frame no. 655204 Engine no. to be advised
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,700 - 13,000
amended

Lot Details
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1961 BMW 750cc R69S (see text)
Frame no. 655204
Engine no. to be advised
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 modified R69S has been fitted with a 750cc engine, most likely that of a R75/5 model. The machine is offered for sale by an Italian private collector and comes with old-style logbook.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 4006303 Please note that the old-style logbook as mentioned in the catalogue has not been located and that the machine will consequently be offered without documents.
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