1959 Simson 250cc Frame no. 189846 Engine no. 189846

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Lot 62
1959 Simson 250cc
Frame no. 189846 Engine no. 189846

Sold for US$ 3,451 inc. premium
1959 Simson 250cc
Frame no. 189846
Engine no. 189846
Along with MZ, Simson was state owned by the East German government. Motorcycle production began in 1950 with a range of 250cc four-strokes, but from the 1960s onwards the firm concentrated on lightweight motorcycles of less than 100cc, leaving the larger-capacity classes to MZ. Its first introduction - the 247cc 425T - was, not surprisingly, BMW influenced, being an overhead-valve single with inline crankshaft and four-speed shaft drive transmission. The cycle parts comprised a tubular cradle frame equipped with telescopic front fork, plunger rear suspension and 180mm diameter brakes on both wheels. Maximum output was 12bhp at 5,550rpm and the top speed 62mph.

Racing developments of Simson’s first motorcycle enjoyed considerable domestic success, taking the DDR National Road Racing Championship in 1953, ’54 and ’55, a state of affairs that led to the introduction of a sports version for the road - the 425S. Of handsome appearance and advanced for its day, the 425S arrived in 1955 boasting a new part-tubular, part-pressed steel swinging-arm frame with altered steering geometry, full-width alloy hubs, dualseat and an engine tuned to produce 14bhp at 6,300rpm. Top speed increased to 68mph.

Reported as unrestored, this example of a machine rarely seen in outside Europe is offered with Polish Certificate of Title.
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