1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934

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1931 BMW 198cc R2
Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934

Sold for CHF 7,475 (US$ 8,261) inc. premium
1931 BMW 198cc R2
Frame no. P18056
Engine no. 2934

Footnotes

  • Recognising the need for a less expensive model to compliment its top-of-the-range twins, BMW introduced its first single-cylinder design – the R39 – in 1925. Powered by a 247cc overhead-valve engine, the R39 came with a three-speed gearbox and featured shaft drive like the larger models. However, by BMW's standards the R39 was not a great success and this first single-cylinder model was discontinued at the end of 1926. However, the Depression years of the early 1930s brought with them the need for an even simpler - and cheaper - model to compete with the lightweight two-strokes mopping up the lucrative up-to-200cc market. BMW responded with another single, the R2, which appeared early in 1931 and sold well despite the difficult trading conditions. The R2's 198cc overhead-valve engine was housed in a pressed-steel frame similar to that of the twins, and like its larger brethren employed shaft final drive. Various improvements were made as the R2 progressed through Series 1 to 5.

    Boasting a particularly graceful fuel tank with two-tone paintwork, this pretty little R2 has seen little use since total restoration. Although unlikely to set the speed cameras flashing, this delightful lightweight is ideal for exploring quiet country lanes on a summer's afternoon. The machine is offered with original German registration papers and Swiss form 13/20.

    BMW R2 198 cm3 1931
    Cadre n° P18056

    Identifiant une demande en faveur d'un modèle moins coûteux pour compléter ses twins haut de gamme, BMW introduisit son premier mono, la R39, en 1925. Propulsée par un moteur culbuté de 247 cm3, la R39 offrait une boîte à trois rapports et une transmission par arbre comme les gros modèles. Mais par rapport aux normes BMW, la R39 n'eut pas beaucoup de succès et la première mono fut arrêtée à la fin de 1926. Or, la crise de 1929 allait susciter une demande pour un nouveau modèle plus simple et plus économique afin de concurrencer les petites deux-temps qui monopolisaient le juteux marché des 200 cm3. BMW répondit avec une autre mono, la R2, qui apparut au début de 1931 et se vendit bien malgré les problèmes économiques de l'heure. Le moteur culbuté de 198 cm3 de la R2 était installé dans un cadre en tôle emboutie semblable à celui des twins et la transmission était par arbre comme sur ces dernières. La R2 évolua de la série 1 à la série 5 en recevant diverses améliorations.

    Dotée d'un réservoir d'une forme très élégante et d'un schéma de peinture bicolore, cette jolie petite R2 a été peu utilisée depuis sa restauration totale. Peu susceptible de déclencher les radars, cette délicieuse machine légère convient à la randonnée détendue sur petite route de campagne en été. Elle est offerte avec ses papiers d'immatriculation allemands d'origine et son document suisse 13/20.

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  • Please note there are no German registration papers with this machine. Veuillez noter qu'il n'y a pas de papiers d'immatriculation allemands avec cette machine.
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1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
1931 BMW 198cc R2 Frame no. P18056 Engine no. 2934
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