c.1922 Wanderer 616cc Frame no. 26932

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Lot 214
c.1922 Wanderer 616cc
Frame no. 26932

€ 20,000 - 24,000
US$ 24,000 - 28,000
c.1922 Wanderer 616cc
Frame no. 26932
Oldest of the four companies that merged in 1932 to form the 'Auto Union' (the others being Audi, DKW and Horch) Wanderer was an established motorcycle manufacturer when it built its first automobile in 1911. 'Wanderer' was the brand name of Winkelhofer & Jaenicke, a bicycle-making firm founded in Chemnitz, Saxony around 1885 and, like those of many of its contemporaries, its first motorised two-wheeler of 1902 was merely a power-assisted cycle. By 1913 the range had expanded considerably and was topped by a 408cc v-twin. Distinguished by their wedge-shaped fuel tanks, these early Wanderer twins were of an advanced specification for their day, boasting bottom-link forks, sprung frames, two-speed hub gears, automatic lubrication and an internal expanding rear drum brake. A 'militarised' version of Wanderer's v-twin was widely used by the German armed forces during WWI, and it was with the civilian version of this model that the company resumed production at the war's end. In the early 1920s a new 616cc v-twin appeared boasting unitary construction of the engine/gearbox unit, which was suspended at upper crankcase height from the duplex's frame's lower rails. Wanderer continued to build a range of advanced designs until the end of the 1920s when motorcycle production ceased, although a range of ultra-lightweights was produced during the 1930s. This example of Wanderer's rare post-WWI v-twin boasts the bottom-link front fork, kick starter, chain drive, acetylene headlight, rear luggage rack and metal pannier boxes. The machine is described as restored to perfectly original condition.

c.1922 Wanderer 616 cm3
Cadre n° 26932

La plus ancienne des quatre firmes qui fusionnèrent en 1932 pour constituer Auto Union (avec Audi, DKW et Horch), Wanderer fut au départ un constructeur de motocycles qui vint à l'automobile en 1911. « Wanderer » était le nom de la marque de la firme Winkelhofer & Jaenicke, fabrique de bicyclettes fondée vers 1885 à Chemnitz, en Saxe, dont le premier deux-roues motorisé de 1902 était, comme chez beaucoup de constructeurs à l'époque, un cycle à moteur auxiliaire. En 1913, la gamme s'était considérablement élargie jusqu'à une V-twin de 408 cm3. Caractérisée par leur réservoir en coin, ces premières bicylindres de Wanderer présentaient des spécifications modernes en leur temps comme une fourche à roue tirée, un cadre suspendu, un moyeu à deux rapports, un graissage automatique et un frein arrière à mâchoires internes. Une version « militarisée » de la V-twin Wanderer fut largement utilisée par l'armée allemande pendant la Grande Guerre et c'est avec ce modèle que la firme reprit sa production civile après 1918. Au début des années 1920, une nouvelle V-twin fit son apparition, caractérisée par son bloc-moteur accroché à hauteur du carter supérieur aux tubes inférieurs du cadre duplex. Wanderer continua de produire une gamme de types très modernes jusqu'à la fin des années 1920 quand la production fut arrêtée. Une gamme de cyclomoteurs fut cependant encore produite dans les années 1930.
Cet exemplaire d'une rare V-twin Wanderer produite après la Grande Guerre est équipé de la fourche à roue tirée, d'un kick starter, d'une transmission par chaîne, d'un éclairage à acétylène, d'un porte-bagages arrière et de sacoches rigides en métal. La machine est présentée comme étant en parfait état d'origine.
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c.1922 Wanderer 616cc Frame no. 26932
c.1922 Wanderer 616cc Frame no. 26932
c.1922 Wanderer 616cc Frame no. 26932
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