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Lot 317: BMW 594cc R69S

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

A development of BMW's R69, the more powerful R69S arrived in September 1960 to stake a claim as the world's finest sports tourer. The R69S' 42bhp made for a top speed of 110mph, and Motor Cycle hailed the newcomer as a "luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes." An hydraulic steering damper and bar-end indicators were the most obvious differences between the 'S' models and their predecessors. All this came at the price of a new budget family car.

Dating from the penultimate year of production, this example is a very clean un-restored, mostly original bike, down to hardware and finishes throughout the motorcycle. Showing an original 44, 000 miles from new, the bike has been subject to an extensive 100+ hour, yet sympathetic restoration, including engine, transmission and final drive rebuild with new seals, gasket, Deves piston rings and bearings. The hubs were serviced as well as new steering and front swing arm bearing. All new cables and rubber parts were installed as necessary. The excellent and original example has been ridden a couple of hundred miles to ensure the new owner will take possession of a fantastic riding machine.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number317
Estimate$18000-$22000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$15000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$17500
Year1968
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number664501
Engine number664501
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors