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Viteye
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Hi, I have the chance to buy a 1943 R75. It was being restored by the owner but he died. All the parts are waiting to be put back together. The engine parts are in plastic bags, the rest has been painted. All (I hope) new bearings and gaskets are there. I bought a parts list and manual from Germany, they are in the mail. I plan to do an inventory once I have the books.
So all things being equal, what is the range of money should I offer? I would sent the engine out to be assembled. Thanks Viteye

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It's about impossible to

It's about impossible to estimate value of a partially restored basket case as this, but I've seen properly restored rigs bring as much as about 50K. It depends on what's missing, what's repop parts, condition of the bike the previous owner started with, accessories if any, maybe even provenance of the bike...it's a complex machine, not suited to an inexperienced restorer, and I believe few are capable of rebuilding the gearbox and final drive. Reproduction parts are easy to find, but expensive and quality varies. Low quality restorations will appeal to military re-enactors. Good luck whatever you decide. If you pass on it, try to see it go to someone who can really do it justice? Please avoid SS runes unless it actually was documented SS issue, and no, not all R75WH has machine guns mounted!

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I know the project bike you

I know the project bike you are talking about, this is a serious project for a first timer and I strongly encourage to seek help from someone like myself or someone who has good experience with this BMW R75. The value of a R75 all depends on Who did the restoration, where it was done, what was done, frame numbers, motor number, etc. It all depends on that. I can assure you a well done R75 can fetch an easy $45,000 if its done right with documents and a proven bike, meaning its been road tested at least a thousand miles and its dependable.
Anyone can slap together something and paint it and sell it for $30K and say it was restored in Poland.

Mike

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Interesting anecdote

One of my mother's distant cousins actually drove one of these things, on the eastern front near to Leningrad, and amazingly even survived! Mortality for these motorcycle guys compares unfavorably with even the u-boat people. When in retreat and running low on fuel, the first to be abandoned are trucks and cars, then non tank tracked vehicles, then motorcycles, then tanks, then finally ambulances. When the ambulances go, it does send a message to the troops. Of course, the horses and dogs have long been eaten by that time. War is tough. Sorry for non BMW content.

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