1965 BMW 494cc R50/2 Frame no. 6481148 Engine no. 641148

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Lot 174
1965 BMW 494cc R50/2
Frame no. 6481148 Engine no. 641148

Sold for US$ 13,800 inc. premium
1965 BMW 494cc R50/2
Frame no. 6481148
Engine no. 641148
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 (nominally) 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 innovations 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.

At the end of 1954, BMW dropped its existing trio of flat twins - the R51/3, R67/2 and R68 - replacing them with the R50 and R69. The engines were little altered, significant changes being concentrated on the frame and cycle parts, which now featured an 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. Production finished in 1969 – in model year 1964 BMW built some 3,817 R50s.

Believed to be in original condition, the vendor purchased the machine in 2008 and has covered little mileage in their ownership, therefore it will need recommissioning to a greater or lesser extent.

Footnotes

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Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 641148. Additionally, the title will be in transit.
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1965 BMW 494cc R50/2 Frame no. 6481148 Engine no. 641148
1965 BMW 494cc R50/2 Frame no. 6481148 Engine no. 641148
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