1958 BMW 247cc R26 Frame no. 359399 (see text) Engine no. 357940
Lot 444
1958 BMW 247cc R26
Registration no. 4252 VH 61 Frame no. 359399 (see text) Engine no. 357940
Sold for €4,370 (US$ 4,702) inc. premium

Lot Details
1958 BMW 247cc R26 Frame no. 359399 (see text) Engine no. 357940
1958 BMW 247cc R26
Registration no. 4252 VH 61
Frame no. 359399 (see text)
Engine no. 357940
Built to the same exemplary standards as the Bavarian company's famous twins, the single-cylinder BMW first appeared in pre-war days. Indeed, BMW's first new post-war model was a single-cylinder design - the 250cc R24 - which arrived in 1948. By 1956, BMW's quarter-litre luxury lightweight had evolved into the R26, boasting a more powerful (15bhp) engine, Earles-type leading-link front fork and larger fuel tank among numerous improvements. Considerably more expensive than other 250s, the R26 was a relative rarity outside Germany, appealing to mature, discerning riders for whom quality of construction counted more than mere outright performance. This R26 consists of a non-matching frame and engine, which originally formed parts of machines delivered to France in 1958. (It should be noted that although the VIN plate is stamped '357940', the frame itself is stamped '359399'). The machine is offered with repair manual (photocopy), French Carte Grise normale and copy of an old CG.

Footnotes

  • BMW 247 cm3 R26 1958
    Immatriculation n° 4252 VH 61
    Cadre n° 359399 (see text)
    Moteur n° 357940

    Construite selon les mêmes principes exemplaires des célèbres « twins » de la firme bavaroise, la première monocylindre BMW apparut avant la guerre de 1939. Le premier type nouveau de BMW après 1945 fut une monocylindre, la 250 R24 de 1948. En 1956, la luxueuse moto légère « quart de litre » de BMW s'était transformée en R26 en bénéficiant d'un moteur plus puissant porté à 15 ch, de la fourche avant à roue poussée Earles et d'un réservoir agrandi, entre autres améliorations. Considérablement plus chère que les autres « 250 », la R26 fut une bête rare hors de l'Allemagne qui séduisait les motards assagis et exigeants pour qui la qualité de fabrication comptait plus que les performances absolues. Cette R26 est constituée d'une cadre et d'un moteur à numéros non concordants provenant de motos livrées neuves en France en 1958. (On notera que si la plaque d'identification du cadre est frappée « 357940 », le cadre lui-même est frappé « 359399 ».) La machine est proposée avec un manuel de réparation (en photocopie), sa carte grise française normale et une copie de l'ancienne carte grise

Saleroom notices

  • La machine est vendue avec son certificat d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquée au catalogue. The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue.
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