1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren Engine no. 307

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Lot 516N
1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren
Engine no. 307

Sold for £ 63,250 (US$ 79,625) inc. premium

Machine Photographed in 2010

1937 Böhmerland 603cc Langtouren
Engine no. 307
• Unique Czech-built motorcycle
• The longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle
• Three-seater accommodation
• Formerly part of the Pamplona Collection

Czechoslovakia played an important role in the development of the European motorcycle industry from the earliest days of the 20th Century, being responsible for many innovative designs. Indeed, the Czech firm of Laurin & Klement was one of the first to introduce a four-cylinder motorcycle, in 1905.

One of Czechoslovakia's more celebrated motorcycles is the improbable Böhmerland, which was manufactured from 1925 until 1939. Designed by Albin Liebisch, the Böhmerland was powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine of 80x120mm bore/stroke for a capacity of 603cc. But whereas its overhead-valve motor was entirely conventional, the Böhmerland's advanced cycle parts were anything but, consisting of a lengthy, duplex-loop, tubular frame; coil-sprung, leading-link front fork; and - for the first time on a motorcycle - cast-alloy wheels, the latter not widely adopted until the 1970s.

Models of varying wheelbase lengths were built, the most celebrated of which is the three-seater langtouren (long touring), which is notable as having the longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle. All Böhmerlands were powered by Liebisch's 603cc four-stroke single, the exception being a 348cc two-stroke model introduced in 1938 just before production ceased following the outbreak of war. By then Leibisch's factory at Schönlinde in the Sudetenland had produced around 3,000 motorcycles of all types. It is believed that only some 30-or-so Böhmerlands exist worldwide today.

This Böhmerland Langtouren formerly belonged to the Pamplona Collection, which had acquired it in 2007, and was purchased from Bonhams' sale of the Collection at the RAF Museum, Hendon in February 2010 (Lot 59). At that time, we were advised that the Böhmerland had been repainted, though the quality of the finish has deteriorated over the last eight years. The brightwork, though, remains good. The machine carries the maker's plaque bearing the legend 'Albin Liebisch, Schluckenau, Cunnersdorf'.

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