Bonhams : 1972 BMW 599cc R60/5 Frame no. 2943653 Engine no. 2943653
1972 BMW 599cc R60/5 Frame no. 2943653 Engine no. 2943653

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Lot 329
1972 BMW 599cc R60/5
Registration no. NYK 60L Frame no. 2943653 Engine no. 2943653

Sold for £ 5,520 (US$ 7,116) inc. premium
1972 BMW 599cc R60/5
Registration no. NYK 60L
Frame no. 2943653
Engine no. 2943653
The long-awaited replacements for BMW's long-running Earles-fork flat twins finally arrived in 1969. As well as a telescopic, leading-axle front fork, the newcomers featured a lightweight, welded, duplex frame - innovations first seen on the Bavarian company's ISDT machines. The engine too had come in for revision, now employing a one-piece forged crankshaft and aluminium-alloy cylinder barrels while carrying its camshaft below the crank. Coil ignition and 12-volt electrics were other new departures for the Munich firm. The new '/5' models came in three capacities; the variation being achieved by different bore sizes in what were otherwise virtually identical machines. The R60/5 produced a claimed 46bhp, which was good enough to propel the 419lbs machine to a top speed of 103mph.

Built to the Bavarian manufacturer's traditional standards of excellence, this highly original R60/5 was purchased new by Bob Gardiner and has covered only 1,200 miles. The machine carries a tax disc that expired on 30th November 1974, and has almost certainly not been used on the road since then. Bob bought 'NYK 60L' from Slocombe's of Neasden and by doing so qualified for a free holiday weekend for two in Tunisia! The BMW comes with its original owner's manual; assorted correspondence; old/current V6C documents; a BMW range brochure for 1972; and its original old-style logbook recording Bob's family business, G & W Motors Ltd, as first owner.

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1972 BMW 599cc R60/5 Frame no. 2943653 Engine no. 2943653
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