The ex- Otis Chandler Collection, Von Dutch,1969 Münch 1200 TTS ‘Mammoth’  Frame no. TT0017 Engine no. TT0017
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The ex- Otis Chandler Collection, Von Dutch,1969 Münch 1200 TTS ‘Mammoth’
Frame no. TT0017 Engine no. TT0017
Sold for US$ 52,900 inc. premium

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The ex- Otis Chandler Collection, Von Dutch
1969 Münch 1200 TTS ‘Mammoth’
Frame no. TT0017
Engine no. TT0017
Having learned his trade in the Horex race shop in the 1950s, Friedl Münch went his own way when the plant closed in 1959, later developing a racing front brake that would set him on the road to becoming a motorcycle manufacturer. In 1965 Münch was approached by wealthy French ex-sidecar racer Jean Murit with a simple brief: build a no-expense-spared ‘superbike’, though the latter term had yet to be coined. Münch found his ideal engine in the form of the air-cooled overhead-camshaft four powering the recently introduced NSU Prinz car. For Murit’s machine he used the 1,000cc TT sports version of this engine which, tuned for 60bhp, proved capable of propelling the bulky Mammoth to a top speed of 120mph. Nothing too remarkable there you might think, but while several contemporary production motorcycles could achieve a similar maximum, it was the Mammoth’s ability to accelerate powerfully from 20mph in top gear and cruise all day at 110mph that set it apart from the herd.

The engine was housed in a cradle frame inspired by the Manx Norton, and to keep the weight down Münch made extensive use of Elektron (a type of magnesium alloy) which was used for the gearbox shell, rear chaincase, fork sliders and brakes. The result was a commendably low dry weight for the prototype of 433lbs, though production versions would weigh considerably more. Elephant Rally founder and Das Motorrad journalist Ernst Leverkus rode the bike in 1966 and the resulting worldwide publicity provoked a rush of orders. The production Mammoth (the name would later be dropped for copyright reasons) first appeared at the Cologne Show in September 1966, by which time the capacity had risen to 1,085cc, power to 70bhp and the top speed top close on 140mph. Hand built to individual customer order, the Mammoth eventually would use the 1,177cc version of the NSU four with power outputs of up to 104bhp.

Münch continued to develop the concept in collaboration with a succession of business partners, the first of which was American motoring publisher Floyd Clymer. He parted company with the last of these (Heinz W Henke Münch Motoradder) in 1974 to devote himself to personal projects, including big-bore kits for existing Mammoths.

Importantly, this Münch motorcycle carries paint and signature of the legendary American hot-rod icon Von Dutch. It is fully licensed into 2006, with current California registration and plate (‘68 MUNCH’) and is in sound, running condition.
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