Last weekend saw the world’s largest private BMW motorcycle collection go to bidding. Auction firm Bonhams presided over the sale which took Willy Neutkens’ ensemble of 94 of the most important BMW bikes in history to the arms of their new proud owners. Fittingly, the bikes took floor space at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Considered a legendary figure among BMW collectors, the recently-deceased Neutkens (1925 – 2008) is in the Guinness Book of Records for owning the most vehicles of a single make, having amassed an unprecedented roster in his name. After his death, the remaining Nutkens family decided to find new homes for the beloved rides.
Boasting a varied assembly of bikes made between the 20s and the 90s (beginning with the first BMW R32 from 1923 to a R1000R from 1996), it’s a downright impressive list that should leave vintage motoring fans drooling at the lot. According to Bonhams, the collection features almost every single model the Bavarian marque has manufactured since they began producing motorcycles. Highlights include a number of downright ancient vehicles, including a pair of R42s, a wartime R75 Kriegselefant sidecar set and an unused R100 Classic from 1923 that was personally delivered to Nutkens by BMW.
All the bikes come in working condition, restored to their former glory by Willy himself. Most of the collection were obtained after he retired from business, opting to spend his time scouring the world for rare models and parts. Want to see what you missed? Check out Bonham’s listing of the 94-lot strong BMW collection.