Bonhams : 1956 BMW 590cc R60

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BMW R67/3

1956 BMW 590cc R60

Frame no. 618109

Engine no. 618109

With leading link forks, cantilever saddle, and that substantial rear suspension system it is BMW-s R60 – more than any other Austro/German machine of the period – which epitomises the -Teutonic Look- to perfection. Fifty years ago in Europe it would be a pair of mobile policeman astride immaculate R60s who, inevitably, apprehended the hapless speeding tourist-prior to implementing an on the spot fine! There was, needless to say, a distinctly authoritative aura about these BMW machines!

It was during the 1950s period that the Munich factory introduced half a dozen derivatives within their 600cc range; it can therefore be confusing if endeavouring to recall precisely in which numerical sequence respective models reached the market. The R67 for instance, which was announced in 1951 (and was primarily intended for sidecar use) appeared five years before the considerably sportier R60. Thankfully, though, the R68 R69 evolved after the R67!


As stated however Bee Emm-s R Sixty series began with the R67, followed one year later by the R68 and R67/2. The R69 and R67/3 arrived in 1955, and the all-important R60 was introduced in 1956. Having only re-commenced production in 1948 it is to BMW-s great credit that they had completed their 100,000th post war motorcycle by 1953!

The R60 (seen here) was an immediately successful model; in fact it is fair to say the R60 was the first of the firm-s post war machines to fully regain the sophistication and quality reputation of the pre-1940 build. And, over the next five years, thanks to one or two imaginative distributors in Europe, BMW gained Class and Outright wins in such prestigious events as the Thruxton Nine Hour, and Barcelona 24-Hour Race, specifically held for Production (i.e. stock) Machines. In BMW-The Complete Story (Crowood Press) discerning author Bruce Preston claims the Earles-forked R60 as his favourite all time motorcycle.

Purchased as a -basket case- in 2005 the nicely presented R60 has been the subject of a full mechanical restoration in Spring 2008. The work was undertaken by Jeff Moore BMW Restorations who, according to the owner, have done whatever was necessary in respect of the drive train and electrics; the comprehensive rebuild also included the restoration, or replacement where required, of all sheet metalwork. Freshly repainted in traditional black with white pin striping just 20 miles have been completed since the refurbishment exercise.

Presented identically to manufacturer-s original specification the motorcycle is fitted with alloy rims, and all chrome-work has been re-plated as appropriate. The machine is offered with Certificate of Title.

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