You are bidding on an EXTREMELY RARE and 100% original Pre-War example of a German Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG, BFW M.35a MAIN Data Plate! Recovered from Werk. Nummer 620, this tag was the main data plate located on the port side of the aircraft, just in front of the cockpit!
The BFW M.35 (sometimes known as the Messerschmitt M 35), was a German sports plane of the early 1930s. It was the last of a line designed by Willy Messerschmitt.
During the period of 1927-33, Messerschmitt designed a series of six sport planes, the single-seat M.17 and M.19, and the two-seat M.23, M.27 M.31, and finally the M.35. With the exception of the M.23, none sold in large numbers. They were all single-engine low-wing cantilever monoplanes with open cockpits and fixed undercarriage. The M.35 kept the extended fuselage of the M.27 and combined it with an undercarriage of single leg, spatted form.
Two different engines were used. The M35a had a 112 kW (150 hp), seven-cylinder radial Siemens Sh 14a, and the M.35b a 100 kW (135 hp) four-cylinder inline inverted air-cooled Argus As 8b. The former was the shorter and faster of the two. The aircraft first flew in 1933.
The aircraft was first shown to the public and potential buyers at the 1934 Aerosalon in Geneva. In that year, Rudolf Hess won the Zugspitz trophy in a M.35. In 1934-1935, Wilhelm Stör won the German Aerobatic Championship in a M.35b, and in 1935 the women’s prize was taken by Vera von Bissing in a similar machine.
Despite these successes and strong performances at other venues in the late 1930s, only 15 M.35s were built, 13 registered in Germany, one in Spain and reputedly one in Romania. Though the M.35a was faster, the M.35b was commoner; only two M.35as are definitely identified.
Though not much history is known of this aircraft, BFW M.35a, W. Nr. 620 was numbered, “D-2772” on the fuselage. it was the FIRST M.35 ever made by BFW.
Made of brass, this is an EXCEEDINGLY RARE piece and was removed from the original airframe. It came back after WW2 by a US Veteran, so it had to be from one of the surviving aircraft at that time. Sadly, out of the 15 ever made, NO example exists today. Large in size, it features the manufacture name and all pertinent information to identify the aircraft. Though there is some slight corrosion, all markings are VERY legible. There is speculation that his aircraft may have been one of the ones flown in the airspeed raced and Olypics, but with so much history lost during the war, I am not 100% sure. A VERY RARE item, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!
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