Zündapp 800cc,
Lot 462
c.1933 Zündapp K800 Military Motorcycle Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 141375
Sold for €18,975 (US$ 24,100) inc. premium

Lot Details
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c.1933 Zündapp K800 Military Motorcycle
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. 141375
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 at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that it is best remembered for. These formed part of an extensive and diverse range of models, all but the smallest two-stroke being designated by the letter 'K' (for kardan, meaning 'shaft'). Among the models premiered were the K400 (398cc) and K500 (496cc) sidevalve twins, both of which employed designer Richard Küchen's unconventional all-chain four-speed 'gearbox' and, as the designation suggests, shaft final drive. Introduced at the same time was another Küchen design: a horizontally opposed four made in 598cc (K600) and 798cc (K800) capacities.

Common to all the larger models and eminently suited to withstanding the stresses and strains imposed by travel on unmade roads, the robust frame and girder forks were made of pressed steel, an advanced feature at the time. The new Zündapp range was an enormous success and in September 1933 the firm produced its 100,000th machine, quite an achievement after little more than a decade as a motorcycle manufacturer. The larger Zündapps saw service in substantial numbers with the German Army during WW2, military versions being identified by a 'W' (Wehrmacht) model suffix.

This rare, early Zündapp K800 was restored in 2002 with the assistance of Vassilios Papaioanou. 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.

Footnotes

  • Zündapp K800 type militaire c.1933
    Immatriculation n°
    Cadre n° à venir
    Moteur n° 141375

    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. Ces types formèrent une large gamme de types diversifiés tous désignés sauf les plus petits deux-temps par la lettre « K » (pour kardan, ou transmission par arbre). Parmi les premiers modèles produits figurèrent les K400 (398 cm3) et K500 (496 cm3) à moteurs bicylindres à plat latéraux associés à l'inhabituelle boîte à quatre rapports par chaînes due à Richard Küchen et, comme la désignation l'indique, une transmission par arbre. Un autre type Küchen fut introduit au même moment, : il s'agissait d'un moteur quatre cylindres opposé à plat de 598 cm3 (K600) ou de 798 cm3 (K800).

    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. La nouvelle gamme Zündapp rencontra un immense succès et en septembre 1933, la firme sortit sa 100 000e machine, presque un exploit au bout d'un peu plus de dix ans de production pour un constructeur de motos. Les plus grosses Zündapp furent livrées en grand nombre aux forces armées allemandes pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les versions militaires étant identifiées par le suffixe « W » (pour Wehrmacht).

    Cette rare et ancienne Zündapp K800 a été restaurée en 2002 avec l'aide de Vassilios Papaionaou. Présentée en état de fonctionnement, cette moto qui a bénéficié d'un entretien récent est décrite comme étant en très bon état général. Aucun document ne l'accompagne.
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