1953 NSU 247cc Max
Lot 407
1953 NSU 247cc Max
Sold for £2,070 (US$ 3,109) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 NSU 247cc Max
Registration no. MFF 675
Frame no. 1240323
Engine no. 740423
NSU built its first powered two-wheeler in 1900 and went on to produce some outstanding and influential designs in the 1950s, foremost of which was the 250cc Max. Announced in September 1952, the Max used a pressed-steel frame and leading-link front fork like its Fox and Lux predecessors, but its most unusual feature was the Albert Roder-designed ‘Ultramax’ connecting-link drive for the single overhead camshaft. This idea was not new, Bentley had used a similar arrangement in the 1920s/1930s, but Roder’s overcame the design’s previous shortcomings. Special Max, Max 300, Supermax and racing Sportmax versions followed. Quick for a 250 (top speed was 75-80mph) and endowed with exceptional handling thanks to its superior cycle parts, the Max could show many a larger machine the way home over twisty terrain. Reliable, well engineered and superbly finished, the Max was one of the finest European motorcycles of its time and today is worthy of inclusion in any serious collection. The vendor advises us that this Max was completely restored regardless of cost around two years ago using, to the best of his knowledge, all genuine parts. Finished in blue, the machine is presented in first class condition throughout and offered with VMCC Dating Certificate, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.
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