Monday, October 03, 2011

BMW MUSEUM SALE, 2011

The interior of the original museum
If you want a spectacular spot to auction BMW cars, bikes, and boats, there could be no better spot than the factory's incredible museum in Munich.  A new wing with constantly shifting LED light-walls gives anything inside an otherworldly air, and the setup with flying bridges connecting various display rooms gives the place a vibe of spaceship-cool.
R67/2 ISDT bike; when BMWs get dirty, people find them irresistible...
The original (1972) stainless steel 'salad bowl' museum is attached, a mini-Guggenheim which now hosts temporary displays, and the occasional Bonhams auction.  [I recall visiting the 'old' museum in 1987, and loving the display of a banked 'race track', peopled with Rennsports, on the curved walls...an effect which was reproduced in the Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the New York Guggenheim - a case of the 'imitation' museum being copied by the 'original'!].
Prototype BMW v8-engined mahogany boat, built by Abbate of Lake Como in 1958
 For a full review of the BMW Museum und Welt complex, see my post from 2008.
How can Jamie Knight give an auction with people standing on his head?
A pair of R68s, 100mph performance, yours for the choosing
What is this?  Mesmerizing...
From the glory days of coach-built customs, the 1969 prototype 'Spicup' (spyder/coupe) created by Carozzeria Bertone
The V-8 BMW engine from the Abbate boat...
Repro Steib S500 sidecar
Real Steib S250 chair...
'Fata Morgana'; what a lovely name for a runabout...
The original BMW motorcycle engine, from an R32 of 1925; a 500cc sidevalve of 8hp
Bikes behind glass...
R51 RS (that's an R51 pushrod production racer with gear-driven camshafts and other racing goodies) sits with an ex-Ernst Henne record breaker
The cockpit of Henne's 'egg'; note ohc Rennsport engine (supercharged) and twin-downtube frame, similar to the R63...
The interior of the 'old' wing; balconies, lily pads, spirals...
...a great place to display vehicles...
...with captions in English! 
The new museum wing has constantly shifting visuals on the walls, which are gigantic LED panels, covered with glass
Checking out some super low-mileage BMWs at the Bonhams auction
The auction fell at the end of Wiessen (Oktoberfest), and plenty of gents in Lederhosen...
...and ladies in Dirndls were everywhere!
Bonhams' Philip Kantor discusses a LeMans winning 1973 BMW CSi/L 'Batmobile' Competition Coupe
The grand window wall...Polizei are best kept under glass...
Racers in the museum; RS54, R75M with sidecar, WR750 record-breaker
1925 R32, the original BMW, which established their reputation.  Around 3000 were sold...
Front end of the R32
Side view of another R32, inside the museum; this is a later model with a proper front brake.
A pair of rare 'flat tank' BMWs; the sidevalve 1928 R42, and sporty '27 ohv R47
The R47 was BMW's second ohv sports bike (after the R37 of 1924); 494cc, good for 70mph, around 1700 were built.
Rear bracketry of a 60s sidecar Rennsport outfit
1937 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 roadster
Vain little café racer...
Whopping great Dell'Orto SS1 carbs on this Rennsport sidecar outfit
3.0 CSi 'Batmobile' production coupe
Lovely 1953 R51/3 outfit...

4 comments:

thom said...

Je ne savais pas que bmw avait un musée... Mais les photos donnent envie d'y aller !

condo manila said...

It was an excellent post and I really like it. Hope to have that gorgeous and awesome car. Thank you and keep sharing.


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Nico FEYDEL said...

I think in the picture with the three bikes, the bike in the middle is not a RS255 with sidecar, but a frame R71 with a engine R75 like the french BMW-CMR R73.

The Vintagent said...

Quite right, Nico! Thanks, and yes, racing ex-Wehrmacht R75Ms was common in early postwar sidecar events, especially in Germany; instant 750cc racer, with a lot of tuning required...