After the R3, with its 300cc engine, had enjoyed very little commercial success, BMW introduced a new single-cylinder model in 1937. Designated the R35, its engine was derived from the 400cc R4 but by reducing the bore, the displacement was decreased to 350cc. The R35 also developed 14hp and like the R4 had a top speed of 100km/h. The suspension had in the meantime been modernised. The frame was still made from massive-looking pressed steel sections but the antiquated leaf spring at the front was now replaced by a modern telescopic fork. In contrast to the exclusive ‘Boxer’ models, however, there was no hydraulic damping.
The R35, which cost almost 1000 Marks, was used in particular by the police and the military authorities both as a training vehicle and for despatches. With over 15,000 sold by 1940, BMW again had a model in its program to match the R2 and R4 for turnover. The R35 was the last model that BMW produced with a pressed steel frame.
This particular pressed steel frame example was first brought to life in the final year of production in 1940. This well preserved example is presented in good order throughout, finished in the correct livery and with period correct registration plates.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.