1955 Zündapp 246cc DB255 Elastic
Registration no. 55-WW-20 (ROI)
Frame no. 929064
Engine no. 4077
Favourable taxation and licensing laws made '200cc' machines immensely popular in Germany, most of whose domestic manufacturers were represented in the class. Based on a pre-war design, the DB200 marked Zündapp's return to motorcycle production in 1947. The 196cc two-stroke single was of unitary construction and featured twin exhausts while the cycle parts consisted of a tubular-steel frame equipped with pressed-steel girder-type front fork. The DB200 developed through models 201-204 before an entirely new spine-type frame debuted in 1953 on the DB205 Elastic, so called on account of its hydraulically damped suspension. A 246cc version, the DB255, was offered for 1954. More powerful than Villiers-engined machines of similar size, the Zündapps were likewise streets ahead of the average British stroker in terms of build quality. Highly original and in running condition, this Elastic is offered with ROI Motor Tax Application Form, Vehicle Registration Certificate and its original US Certificate of Title issued to Frank C Cretelle of Philadelphia in July 1955. Harry acquired the machine in 1992.