Bonham's sells legendary collector's motorbikes



2015-06-26 11:41:17

Bonham's sells legendary collector's motorbikes

The late Willy Neutken assembled the greatest collection of BMW bikes in the world

The name Willy Neutken is legendary among BMW Motorrad collectors: he assembled the greatest collection of the brand's creations in the world.

Neutkenworked in the family business, MotoPort Neutkens, until he was ready to pass on the main responsibilities to his son.

Hethen devoted all his time to collecting and restoring BMW motorcycles.

In 1998, BMW Netherlands used an exhibition of the Neutkens Collection to celebrateits 75th birthday.

That same year,Neutken was honoured by the Guinness Book of Records for having the largest collection of motorcycles by a single manufacturer.

By this stage, Neutkens's collection included an example of almost every type of bike made by BMWsince it beganin 1923.

Now thecollection is up for auction following Neutkens's death in 2008.

Some of the best pieces available include a pair of R42s and an R47 from 1926-27.They areestimated at18,000-22,000, 17,000-20,000 and 20,000-25,000, respectively.

An R32 from 1923 will also appear, estimated at30,000-40,000. The R32introduced the flat-twin boxer engine to the world.

 The 1923 BMW R32

Two R75 Kriegselefant sidecar outfits from WWII -years 1942-3 -will go on salepriced at20,000-25,000 each. They arepainted in Afrika Korps colours.

The motorbike of George Maier, the legendary Isle of Man TT-winning racer, will be a star of the show. Maier's 1953 R68 ISDT isestimated at17,000-20,000.

The Bonham's auction will take place in Munich on November 28.

"It is a privilege to offer this collection on behalf of the Neutkins family," saidBonham's Ben Walker.

"Not only is it one of the most prestigious collections of BMW motorcycles in the world, but it is also taking place at a world class museum, The BMW Museum in Munich."

Top photo: Motorrad-67/Wikipedia, R32 photo: Stahlkocher

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