1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178

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Lot 219
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar
Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178

Sold for US$ 24,725 inc. premium
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar

Frame no. 508520
Engine no. 604178

• An older German restoration
• Art Deco style Stoye sidecar

A company with its roots in the aero engine business, BMW brought the same innovative spirit to its cars and motorcycles that had made its aircraft engines some of WWI's finest. At a time when single-cylinder and V-twin engines were the norm in motorcycling, BMW opted for the better-balanced flat-twin that was to become forever associated with the company. In 1930 it broke fresh ground with the launch of the pressed-steel-framed R11, and followed that up in 1935 with the introduction of a hydraulically damped telescopic front fork on the R12, the first time such a device had been seen on a mass-produced motorcycle. Also notable as the first BMW motorcycle to have a four-speed gearbox, the R12 was superseded by the tubular-framed R6. A 600cc sidevalve-engined tourer, the R6 was then updated with BMW's new plunger-suspended frame in 1938, becoming the R61, as seen here.

Sidecars were still a popular BMW option in the 1930s, offered directly from the company catalog, produced by either Steib or Stoye, both very Art Deco in style. The latter is attached to this R61, recognizable by its distinctive canoe-like prow. In cold, rainy weather the Stoye's passenger, protected by a windscreen and cosseted in comfortable leather, no doubt had a better deal than the R61's rider and co-rider, with no wind protection and perched atop their rubber Pagusa saddles.

An older German restoration, this delightful combination is sure to make a grand entrance at whatever show or rally it attends. The owner confirms that it is in fine running condition. Sold with its original title/log book.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 004178.
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1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
1938 BMW 597cc R61 with Stoye Sidecar Frame no. 508520 Engine no. 604178
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