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 R75 also comes with its sidecar and the potential to tow a trailer if required. A versatile motorcycle with many period correct and difficult to fine features. This specific vehicle has stood the test of time and looks fantastic next to any of the vehicles from its category. We understand frame #760931 was restored and sold by military dealer Gerhard Zinner of Pocking in Bavaria.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.