Rare racers for sale
By: James Robinson
Headlining the team of machines is a very rare and much admired Kompressor, or supercharged, 1939 RS255, the model that legendary racer John Surtees said “rightly deserves a place as being one of the all-time greats of motorcycle Grand Prix racing”.
The RS255 (‘RS’ stands for rennsport, or race sport) is a genuine, documented supercharged 1939 engine (no. 16152) mounted in an authentic 1951 frame (no. 2), not at all uncommon with most factory racing machines. Surtees, who owns the same year model BMW upon which Georg Meier won the Isle of Man TT (now on permanent display at the BMW Museum), commented that: “The power characteristics are very deceptive…this is a real racing machine.”
Accompanying this exceptional motorcycle are three other Bavarian competition machines: a 1954 BMW RS254, a 1954 BMW RS254 with Sidecar, and a 1956 BMW RS256.
The third annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale will take place Thursday, January 10 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip.
More information will be posted in the coming weeks at www.Bonhams.com/Vegas
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