<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660

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Lot 306¤
1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination
Frame no. 758660
Engine no. 758660

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Sold for US$ 13,200 inc. premium
1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination
Frame no. 758660
Engine no. 7208153
745cc OHV Flat Twin Engine
Twin Graetzin-Type Carburetors
26bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Reverse
Telescopic Front Fork with Rigid Rear End
2-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Rare and desirable WWII motorcycle rig
*Recent mechanical rebuild
*Exceptionally capable off-road
*Useful in both desert and forest environments


The R75

The BMW R75 sidecar outfit that the Wehrmacht used so effectively and in such great numbers in every theatre of its operations during WWII was no mere sidecar combination but a purpose-built, cross-country vehicle. Designed by engineer/racing driver Alex von Falkenhausen and powered by a 745cc overhead-valve engine housed in a tubular steel frame, the R75 employed an ingenious transmission system featuring shaft drive to both rear and sidecar wheels and two-stage gearing. The latter provided four alternative ratios for both off-road and tarmac use, plus two reverses. There was a differential that could be locked when conditions became really tough and wide, interchangeable, 16"-diameter wheels shod with knobbly tires. Hydraulic braking was another unusual feature, but as the R75 weighed more than 900lbs unladen and could top 60mph it needed all the stopping power it could get. A total of 16,510 K75s had been built when production ceased in 1944.

The Motorcycle Offered

A 'must have' for any serious collector of automotive militaria, this superb example of one of the most famous military vehicles of WWII was discovered 20 years ago in Germany by an Midwestern collector seeking to acquire this workhorse of the German army. Shortly after acquiring the rig, an engine rebuild was completed with the heads redone. The current vendor acquired the machine two years ago and facilitated a transmission rebuild after his purchase of the machine.

Complete with luggage panniers, spare wheel, and oozing with character, it is ready to storm the beaches of the Hamptons or to motor through the woods of Westchester.

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Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct engine number for this motorcycle is 7208153 and its title is in transit.
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<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
<b>1942 BMW R75 Military Motorcycle Combination </b><br />Frame no. 758660 <br />Engine no. 758660
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