Post Listing Update: this R66 did not meet reserve despite 28 bids up to $22,200 on eBay.
Introduced in 1938, the R66 was BMW’s “sport roadster”, and it was the pinnacle of their pre-WWII creations. It was designed to lug a sidecar around, but if you were only riding it as a two-wheeler then you could flirt with a top speed of 90 miles per hour thanks to an impressive-for-the-time power output of 30 ponies. Between ’38 and ’41, 1,669 examples were built.
It was full of technology such as a gear driven camshaft, overhead valves, telescopic font forks, and a plunger rear suspension. It weighed 412 pounds and it was one of the best bikes a rider could purchase at the time. Other specifications included a 4-speed transmission, shaft drive, and a 3.6 gallon fuel tank.
This example (VIN: 506226) is claimed to be “like new, but better” as it’s an older restoration that features several upgrades such as a PowerDynamo electronic ignition, hidden adjustable ignition timing, and other upgrades to the electric system that are specifically designed to be not visible. The seller says that the bike “starts and rides with no issues” but then he/she goes on to say that “it does have a stumble just off idle and may need a carb adjustment.”
Find this R66 for sale in Las Vegas, Nevada with bidding up to $17,760 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $35,000