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Lot 113 - 1941 BMW R75

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OFFERED AT NO RESERVE

ESTIMATE £30,000- £35,000

Auction Coys at Chiswick House 2019
Auction Date 18th May 2019
Day of Auction Day 1 - Saturday

Lot Details

Lot Number 113
Reg. Number TBA
Chassis Number 751988
Year 1941
Make BMW
Model R75

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Description

The BMW R75 and its rival the Zündapp KS 750 were both widely used by the military in Russia and North Africa, though after a period of evaluation it became clear that the Zündapp was the superior machine. In August 1942 Zündapp and BMW, on the urging of the Army, agreed upon standardization of parts for both machines, with a view of eventually creating a Zündapp-BMW hybrid (designated the BW 43), in which a BMW 286/1 side-car would be grafted onto a Zündapp KS 750 motorcycle. They also agreed that the manufacture of the R75 would cease once production reached 20,200 units, and after that point BMW and Zündapp would only produce the Zündapp-BMW machine, manufacturing 20,000 each year.
Since the target of 20,200 BMW R75’s was not reached, it remained in production until the Eisenach factory ceased production in 1944. However, the standardisation programme meant that machines that were produced by BMW and Zündapp used 70% of the same components. This simplifies the supply of spare parts for these vehicles, many of which are still in the hands of historic motorcycle enthusiasts. These vehicles are still highly desirable as collector’s items because of their complex and durable technology, and are correspondingly expensive. A well-restored R75 can be still used for everyday purposes, on or off-road without problems.
This vintage military example is a strikingly beautiful motor and it is easy to see why production of these was requested by the military. There is potential to purchase a suitable trailer to accompany this fine investment as well.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.


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