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Lot 330: BMW R69S

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

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. A luxury tourer capable of over 100mph, the R69 cost as much as a small family car and sold to discerning enthusiasts to whom expense mattered little when set against the excellence of BMW engineering. The R50/69 were produced until the arrival of the slightly more powerful 'S' versions for 1961. The larger of these, the R69S, produced 42bhp and was good for a top speed of around 110mph. "Luxury roadster with superb high-speed performance yet docile traffic manners; magnificent steering, roadholding and brakes," was Motor Cycle's verdict.

Very original, this unrestored example has been careful kept in dry storage since it was last run in the 1970s. This bike presents a wonderful opportunity to own a rare, unmolested Dover White R69S.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number330
Estimate$6000-$9000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$6000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$7020
Year1961
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number657789
Engine number657789
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors