Classic BMWs Up for Auction in the UK

Classic BMWs Up for Auction in the UK

A varied collection of 40 classic motorcycles will be auctioned on June 7th at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, UK. The impressive private collection includes six BMW motorcycles spanning three decades with price estimates from just £800 to around £12,000.

There is a 1964 BMW R69S with just 1,622 miles on the clock, complete with Earles Forks, hand-painted pin-striping, and long-range fuel tank. This ‘S’ model offered 42hp and was the sports model from Bavaria from the time it was manufactured up until 1969. This ’64 version comes with an auction estimate of £7,000 to £10,000.

1964 BMW R69S

1964 BMW R69S

1971 R60/5

1971 R60/5

In 1970, BMW launched its ‘slash-5′ series of bikes to meet the riding demand for sports bikes at that time. This 1971 R 60/5 (registration number EYN 4J) has been remarkably unused and is offered in near showroom condition, as it has been dry stored in a static collection since the vendor acquired it. It is in original specification, in the correct colors and has just 2,270 miles on the odometer. Offered with an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000 it comes with the original owners’ manual and past MoT test certificates.

1974 BMW R90S

1974 BMW R90S

Fans of the iconic BMW R90S should note that there are two models offered for sale in this forthcoming auction, both from 1974. The first one (registration RSG 184M) has 74,000 miles and comes with an estimate of between £5,000 and £7,000. It was restored in 2007 by its former keeper with the only non standard feature being uprated Dell’Orto carburetors rather than the original Bing units. It comes with comprehensive details of its restoration and previous service and maintenance history.

The second R90S has a reading of just three miles on its odometer and comes with an estimate of between £6,000 and £9,000. It was acquired by the vendor from S. Meyer GmbH of Hillesheim, Germany, after a total restoration by that company. The machine had been purchased by S. Meyer from a customer of theirs prior to restoration. It was duly finished and returned home to the UK where it has formed part of a larger collection of BMW motorcycles. While the engine and ancillaries have obviously been rebuilt, it has not been used since and remains in excellent condition throughout.

1974 BMW R90S

1974 BMW R90S

Customized 1980 R100S.

Customized 1980 R100S.

The R100S was the first BMW production motorcycle to cover the quarter-mile in less than 13 seconds. Café racing culture was thus ideally suited to the R100S, and high-quality mechanicals, individuality and performance all conspired to form this ‘CR Special’. With just 10 miles on the odometer and an estimate of between £8,000 and £12,000, this 1980 R100S (registration RGP 580V) was purchased by a well known racer and collector in 2004 before being stripped and completely rebuilt by a noted BMW specialist. It has a race-prepared engine and gearbox, K100 forks complete with disc brakes, MIJ Performance stainless-steel exhaust and custom paintwork in the style of the period BMWs. With 90+ bhp, it’s no surprise that it has already won several events.

1986 BMW R80RT

1986 BMW R80RT

And last, but not least, is a 1986 BMW R80RT that carries an estimate of just £800 to £1500. This decent example comes complete with full touring kit, including front lockable cubby holes and rear lockable panniers. It has covered 78,378 miles since new and the bike’s history includes original delivery documentation, ongoing bills, a new UK registration certificate and a full one-year MoT test certificate. The full fairing is in good order with no obvious damage and to many fans this will be seen as a reliable and elegant classic motorcycle. To others, it could be the starting point for an excellent cafe-racer project…

With a total of 40 motorcycles in this collection – that has been amassed over some 30 years – there are some other notable models that will surely attract lots of interest. The oldest machine – and the most valuable in the collection – is a 1957 Gilera 500 Grand Prix Replica (Est £90,000-£110,000) while the youngest is a 1998 MV Agusta Magni with an estimate of between £60,000-£70,000.

Of course, estimates are just that: the final prices will be determined by how much people desire to own these machines – and how deep their pockets are! However, a number of consignments are offered at No Reserve, while highly affordable machines are plentiful in the £500 – £5,000 estimated price, and upwards.

The collection will be auctioned amidst a total of over 100 classic motorcycles to go under the hammer on Saturday, June 7th from 10am, with viewing on the previous day. The organizer, Historics, is used to bidding from international enthusiasts, so as well as bidding taking place in the auction hall, there will also be those taking part by telephone, and on-line via iBidder, where the auction can be followed in real time. Those interested in bidding should ideally pre-register on the website, or at the preview or auction itself.

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