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Lot 627: 1959 BMW 494cc R50

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

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. First registered in the UK on 16th April 1959, this example is fitted with an ‘mph’ speedometer recording a total mileage of 7,375. The machine is fitted with the optional pillion seat and appears to be in highly original, unrestored condition. An early addition to the Collection, it was used regularly on the road and maintained accordingly. Offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
Lot Number627
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2875
Condition rating
Registration number913 JPK
Chassis number
Engine number560296
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