1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474

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1956 BMW 594cc R69
Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474

Sold for CHF 16,100 (US$ 17,647) inc. premium
1956 BMW 594cc R69
Frame no. 652474
Engine no. 652474

Footnotes

  • 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 494cc and 594cc respectively, the newcomers inherited the updated 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 swing-arm rear suspension enclosing the drive-shaft in the right leg - developments first seen on the works racers. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts for whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. It is notable as one of the first BMW production roadsters to have a top speed of over 100mph (161km/h). The R50 and R69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961.

    This early R69 was completely restored from a wreck, although one would never guess when looking at it now. The machine is offered with a Swiss OFROU (Office Fédéral des Routes) document.

    BMW R69 594 cm3 1956
    Cadre n° 652474

    Au début des années 1950, BMW se consacra à l'amélioration de ce qui était essentiellement des modèles d'avant-guerre, mais en 1955 la marque fut prête à lancer une paire de nouvelles machines : les R50 et R69. D'une cylindrée de 494 et 594 cm3 respectivement, les nouvelles BMW héritaient le moteur flat-twin modernisé introduit avec la R51/3 quelques années plus tôt, mais installé cette fois dans une toute nouvelle partie cycle dont les principales innovations par rapport aux pratiques antérieures étaient la fourche avant Earles à bras poussés et la suspension arrière à bras oscillants contenant l'arbre de transmission dans le tube de droite, des solutions de pointe apparues d'abord sur les types de course.

    Luxueuse routière capable de dépasser 160 km/h, la R69 qui coûtait le prix d'une petite voiture familiale attira des connaisseurs passionnés pour qui le prix importait peu en regard de la qualité technique des BMW. On notera que la machine fut une des premières BMW routières de production dépassant 160 km/h. La R50 et la R69 restèrent en production jusqu'à l'arrivée des versions « S » légèrement plus puissantes en 1961.

    L'état de cette R69 des premières séries fait oublier qu'elle a été totalement reconstruite à partir d'une épave. La machine est offerte avec un document émis par l'Office Fédéral des Routes (OFROU) suisse.
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1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
1956 BMW 594cc R69 Frame no. 652474 Engine no. 652474
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