c.1941 Zündapp KS750 'Sahara' Motorcycle Combination
Lot 461
c.1941 Zündapp KS750 'Sahara' Motorcycle Combination
Sold for €35,650 (US$ 45,496) inc. premium

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c.1941 Zündapp KS750 'Sahara' Motorcycle Combination
Founded at the height of WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a producer of motorcycles under the direction of new owner, Dr Fritz Neumeyer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. The firm began making its own engines in 1924, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and in 1933 introduced the first of the four-stroke flat twins that it is best remembered for. The initial 398cc and 498cc sidevalve models were followed in 1939 by the 598cc K600, the latter, like its predecessors, employing designer Richard Küchen's un-conventional all-chain four-speed 'gearbox' and shaft final drive. A frame and girder fork made of pressed steel were advanced features. Zündapp's first overhead-valve twin, the KS600, appeared in 1939 and would provide the basis for the KS750. Developed specifically for service with the Wehrmacht, the KS750 motorcycle combination featured shaft drive to the Steib sidecar's wheel, reverse gear, hydraulic brakes and interchangeable wheels. During WW2 the KS750 saw service on every front, its production outstripping that of the similar BMW R75 with some 18,600 built before production was discontinued in 1944.

This example was discovered in Greece and first registered for civilian use in 1958. The current owner acquired the machine in 1996. Restored in 2002 with the assistance of Vassilios Papaioanou and finished in the Sahara sand yellow typical of vehicles used by the Afrika Korps, it has the eight-speed dual-ratio transmission with locking differential and reverse gear; machine gun bracket; ammunition cases, leather panniers, jerrycan, spare wheel, etc. Presented in running order, the machine benefits from a recent service and is described as in generally very good condition. There are no documents with this Lot.

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  • Zündapp KS750 side-car 'Sahara' c.1941
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    Fondée pendant la Grande Guerre pour produire des armements, Zündapp se reconvertit dans la production motocycliste après le conflit sous la direction de son nouveau propriétaire, le Dr Fritz Neumeyer, 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 quatre temps opposé à plat qui firent la renommée de la marque. Les premiers modèles latéraux de 398 cm3 et 496 cm3 furent suivis en1939 par la K600 (598 cm3) qu, comme ses devancières, utilisait l'inhabituelle boîte à quatre rapports par chaînes due à Richard Küchen et une transmission par arbre. La première Zündapp « twin » à soupapes en tête, la KS600 apparut en 1939 et servit de base à la KS750. Développée spécifiquement pour la Wehrmacht, l'attelage KS750 était équipé d'un side-car Steib à roue tractée par arbre, d'une marche arrière, de freins hydrauliques et de roues interchangeables. Au cours de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la KS750 servit sur tous les fronts, sa production dépassant celle de la BMW R75 avec environ 18 600 unités jusqu'à l'arrêt des fabrications en 1944.

    Cet exemplaire découvert en Grèce a été immatriculée pour usage civil en 1958. Le propriétaire actuel l'acheta en 1996. Restaurée en 2002 avec l'aide de Vassilios Papaionaou et peinte de la teinte jaune sable Sahara caractéristique des engins de l'Afrika Korps, elle possède sa boîte à huit rapports (2x4) et marche arrière, son support de mitrailleuse, ses boîtes à munitions, ses sacoches en cuir,, son jerrycan, sa roue de secours, etc. Présentée en état de fonctionnement, la moto qui a bénéficié d'un entretien récent est décrite comme étant en bon état général, mais dépourvue de tout document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the estimate for this machine should read €12,500-17,500 in the printed catalogue.
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