Bonhams : 1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124

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Lot 545
1958 BMW 494cc R50
Registration no. 711 XUN Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 8,154) inc. premium
1958 BMW 494cc R50
Registration no. 711 XUN
Frame no. 559124
Engine no. 559124
In the early 1950s, BMW concentrated on refining what were essentially pre-war designs, but by 1955 was ready with a brace of new machines, the R50 and R69. Of 500cc and 600cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the up-dated flat-twin engine introduced on the R51/3 a few years previously, but deployed this in all-new cycle parts, the most notable departures from preceding practice being the Earles-type leading-link front fork and swinging-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. Luxury tourers, the R50 and R69 sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering.

Formerly resident in Northern Ireland, this unusual red-finished BMW R50 was purchased in January 2018 from marque specialist Bob Porecha, who prior to sale had repainted and refitted the front mudguard and installed new front shock absorbers. The original advertisement for the machine - described as an earlier restoration - states that the wheels had been rebuilt with stainless spokes and a polished stainless exhaust system fitted. Accompanying documentation includes the 2018 sales receipt, some old MoTs, DVLA correspondence, and a V5C Registration Certificate.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot was purchased from Motorcycles Unlimited, not Bob Porecha.
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1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
1958 BMW 494cc R50 Frame no. 559124 Engine no. 559124
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