1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601

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Lot 250
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2
Registration no. LXJ 39 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601

Sold for £ 6,670 (US$ 8,928) inc. premium
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2
Registration no. LXJ 39
Frame no. 520601
Engine no. 520601
An important step forward in the development of BMW's long-running flat-twin occurred in 1936 with the introduction of the 494cc R5. Prior to that the BMW engine had been recognisably related to the first of its type, the 1923 R32, and like those of its (500cc) predecessors, the R5's engine dimensions were 'square' at 68x68mm bore/stroke. However, the overhead-valve R5 engine broke new ground by adopting two chain-driven camshafts, a move that permitted shorter pushrods and higher revs. In 1938 the model was up-dated as the R51, gaining a telescopic front fork and plunger rear suspension, and continued in production until 1940. BMW recommenced motorcycle production in December 1948 with the R24 single but it would be another 12 months before a twin-cylinder model became available again. This was the R51/2 based, as its designation suggests, on the pre-war R51. Improvements included a two-way damped front fork, gearbox main-shaft damper and strengthened frame. In truth, the R51/2 was only a stop-gap model to get production under way while BMW worked on something more modern, which arrived in February 1951 in the shape of the R51/3. This R51/2 was last taxed for the road in October 1976 and was acquired for the collection in March 1987 (purchase receipt on file). Offered for re-commissioning or more wide-reaching restoration, the machine comes with an old-style continuation logbook, (copy) old V5 and a V5C registration document.
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1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
1951 BMW 494cc R51/2 Frame no. 520601 Engine no. 520601
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