1937 Zundapp 500cc K500 Flat-Twin Frame No. 169354 Engine No. 169354
Lot 445
1937 Zündapp K500 Frame no. 169354 Engine no. 169354
Sold for €8,050 (US$ 10,190) inc. premium

Lot Details
1937 Zundapp 500cc K500 Flat-Twin Frame No. 169354 Engine No. 169354 1937 Zundapp 500cc K500 Flat-Twin Frame No. 169354 Engine No. 169354
1937 Zündapp K500
Registration no. 4142 VK 61
Frame no. 169354
Engine no. 169354
Founded in WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a motorcycle producer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. In 1924 Zündapp began making its own engines, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that it is best remembered for. The initial 398cc and 496cc sidevalve 'K' models were followed in 1936 by the overhead-valve KS500 which, like its predecessors, employed designer Richard Küchen's unconventional all-chain four-speed 'gearbox' and shaft final drive. Common to all the larger models and eminently suited to withstanding the stresses and strains imposed by travel on unmade roads, the frame and girder forks were made of pressed steel, an advanced feature at the time. An older restoration, this K500 is offered with French Carte Grise de collection.

Footnotes

  • Zündapp K500 1937
    Immatriculation n° 4142 VK 61
    Cadre n° 169354
    Moteur n° 169354

    Fondée pendant la Grande Guerre pour produire des armements, Zündapp se reconvertit dans la production motocycliste après le conflit et sortit sa première machine, une deux-temps à moteur Levis, en 1921. En 1924, Zündapp commença à produire ses propres moteurs en vendant cette année-là plus de 10 000 machines et en 1933 introduisit le premier des bicylindres opposé à plat qui firent la renommée de la marque. Les types K initiaux de 398 et 496 cm3 à soupapes latérales furent suivis en 1936 de la KS500 qui, comme ses devancières, utilisait l'inhabituelle « boîte de vitesses » à quatre rapports par chaînes due à l'ingénieur Richard Küchen et une transmission finale par arbre. Comme sur tous les types de grosse cylindrée et capables de supporter les contraintes et les efforts imposés par les plus mauvaises routes, le cadre et la fourche étaient fabriqués en tôle emboutie, solution très avancée à l'époque. Anciennement restaurée, cette K500 est accompagnée de sa carte grise française de collection.

Saleroom notices

  • La machine est vendue avec son certificat d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquée au catalogue. The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue.
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