1940 Ural ‘Ural’ 750cc M-72 Frame no. 506080 Engine no. 101055

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Lot 25
1940 Ural ‘Ural’ 750cc M-72
Frame no. 506080 Engine no. 101055

US$ 10,000 - 12,000
£ 7,700 - 9,300
Amended
1940 Ural ‘Ural’ 750cc M-72
Frame no. 506080
Engine no. 101055
“A brand new 1940s motorcycle” was how Bike magazine described the Ural back in 1985, a reference to how little the Soviet Union’s BMW clone had changed since the design first saw the light of day on a Munich drawing board. Bike was, in fact, referring to the overhead-valve M-65, but what it said about that model’s origins applies equally to the M-72, that was based on the BMW R71, a 750cc sidevalve model first introduced by the German manufacturer in 1938. One consequence of the Soviet system of centralised planning and direction was that there were no individual manufacturers or marques as understood in the West; rather, model names such as ‘Dneiper’ and ‘Ural’ were associated with the products of individual factories, but not generally applied until exports began after WWII. Used by the Soviet military throughout WWII in both solo and sidecar forms, the M-72 was manufactured at the Iskra Zavad plant near Moscow from circa 1939, although in 1941 the factory was dismantled and moved east of the Ural mountains to avoid being overrun by the German advance. The M-72 remained in production until 1956.

This early solo example, with small fuel tank and non-reinforced frame, was restored in 2004 with correct sheet metal; stainless-steel spokes, nipples and fasteners; and paintwork by Todd Rasmussen. We are advised that the machine has a very rare set of matched ‘speedometer and solo gears’. Offered with Certificate of Title.

Saleroom notices

  • Lot 25, stated in the catalog as a 'Ural' 750cc M-72, is in fact a 1940 750cc M-72. The Ural brand name is not applicable to this motorcycle.
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