In 2005, Tim took a 1964 R27 single-cylinder to the prestigious MidAmerica Auctions in Las Vegas, Nevada. The R27 impressed many, and sold for a handsome price. The auction was a catalyst for growth during the early years of Stafford Restorations. This R27 drew a lot of attention, but buyers wanted twin-cylinder BMWs, not the smaller single-cylinder models. Tim returned to San Diego, and went immediately back to work and restored two R50 models (one in black, and the other in Dover White), and an R51/3 for the next year’s auction. All three motorcycles sold well above their reserve prices, and the Dover White R50 had an exciting bidding war, with a final sale price over $20,000.
Notable BMW enthusiast and Co-Founder of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, Jeff Dean, was the second place bidder on the Dover R50. Jeff and Tim became acquainted and soon after the auction became one of Stafford Restorations’ most valued customers and friend. He’s acquired five Stafford BMWs in the years since that 2006 auction.
Things were taking off for Stafford Restorations and their BMW restorations. The auctions generated a lot of attention, which allowed Tim to continue (and complete) his transition from Vespa work to exclusively BMW restorations. Tim found himself enjoying the challenges and discoveries working with these beautiful motorcycles. Each new restoration was a bit more refined than the last, as Tim’s endless pursuit of perfection was applied.
For Tim Stafford, nothing but the absolute best work will satisfy him. He has perfected his craft in BMW motorcycle restorations, with consistent show and category wins at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Hanford Bike Show, El Camino Bike Show and many others. He is known worldwide for his exceptional restoration work and his unbelievable attention to the most minute detail (even the bolt heads must be correct and are restored). A Stafford Restoration BMW motorcycle is truly a work of art. It is a time capsule that very few people will have the pleasure of owning – a rite of passage for those who seek only the best and most rare examples on the planet of these wonderful German motorcycles.
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