1958 BMW 497cc R50
Registration no. 25 PMY
Frame no. 558657
Engine no. 558657
Introduced in the UK for the 1955 season, BMW's new '500' was mechanically similar to its predecessor but was equipped with a distinctive chassis. In place of the out-dated tele-fork and plunger rear layout of its predecessor, the frame had a front-end with Earles-type swinging-arm and a similar rear but with a semi-enclosed unit resembling the earlier plunger styling. The engine gear unit remained under continuous development, a model of its kind for reliability in long-distance touring, its only quirk being that the engine-speed clutch responded well only to skilled riders. So successful was this frame and engine combination that it stayed in production for many years, able to handle both heavy solo and sidecar loads and higher power with ease.
25 PMY comes from the long-term ownership of only its third owner. Supplied by A.F.N. Ltd, the maker's UK concessionaires, on March 1st 1958, it is in that so sought-after condition where it retains substantially the maker's original finish and specification. At cataloguing, the R50 proved to be a first-kick starter, running almost silently as an R50 should and displaying very well indeed. In current local and club use and supplied with a V5C, other relevant documents, instruction and spares books plus old tax discs, 25 PMY is MOT'd and ready for use. A lovely machine, ready for a classic BMW enthusiast.
- The Frame no. is 558637 The Engine no. is 558637MLG. The machine is offered with various handbooks & BMW literature. There is no Spares List with this lot.