A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
Engine: Air-cooled transverse twin cylinder four-stroke
Power rating: 26bhp @4,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 78 x 78mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Graetzin Sa 24/1 carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed and reverse, 3-speed and reverse in low range. Shaft final drive with optional sidecar wheel drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Front drum, rear and sidecar hydraulic drum
Top speed: 56mph
This BMW with Steib sidecar had originally been designed to tow a light gun, but the weight on the tow-bar lifted the front wheel off the ground. Armed with a mobile machine gun, the BMW was a rugged, reliable go-anywhere vehicle. Expensive to build, its cost was double of the Porsche-designed VW (Jeep-like) vehicle. Even so, 16,500 machines were built and remained in service throughout the war. The palm tree insignia indicates this machine was part of Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps.