c.1909 NSU 620cc Twin Frame no. 1302229 Engine no. 18844

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Lot 166
c.1909 NSU 620cc Twin
Frame no. 1302229 Engine no. 18844

Sold for € 14,950 (US$ 16,146) inc. premium
c.1909 NSU 620cc Twin
Frame no. 1302229
Engine no. 18844
Yet another motorcycle manufacturer with its roots in the bicycle industry, NSU built its first powered two-wheeler in 1900. The firm had originally been founded in Neckarsulm, Germany by Christian Schmidt to manufacture knitting machines, its initials standing for Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union. Zédel proprietary engines were used initially but within a few years NSU was making its own power units and was one of the first manufacturers to fit two-speed transmission. Designed by its late founder's son, Karl Schmidt, the first all-NSU model of 1903 was powered by a 329cc engine rated at 2½hp and would turn out to be a huge success by the standards of the day, in excess of 2,000 being sold up to 1905. A host of different models was introduced up to the outbreak of war, including a range of v-twins in various sizes. The marque established a strong presence in overseas markets, being exported widely throughout Europe and even to the USA. This rare Veteran-era NSU is powered by v-twin engine with inlet-over-exhaust valve gear, which drives the rear wheel directly by belt. Un-restored and preserved in original condition, the machine formed of an important private collection in France for many years and was only sold after its owner's death and the dispersal of his estate.

Footnotes

  • NSU 620 cm3 Twin, environ 1909
    Cadre n°: 1302229
    Moteur n°: 18844

    Autre constructeur de motos dont les racines remontent à l'industrie de la bicyclette, NSU construisit son premier deux roues motorisé en 1900. La firme avait été créée à Neckarsulm, en Allemagne par Christian Schmidt pour fabriquer des machines à tricoter, les initiales NSU signifiant Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union. Des moteur Zédel furent d'abord utilisés, mais au bout de quelques années, NSU construisait ses propres moteurs et fut l'un des premiers constructeurs à proposer une transmission à deux vitesses. Conçue par le fils du défunt fondateur, Karl Schmidt, le premier modèle entièrement NSU de 1903 était animé par un moteur de 2 1/2 ch de 329 cm3 et s'avéra un énorme succès selon les critères de l'époque, plus de 2000 étant écoulés jusqu'en 1905. Une foule de modèles fut présentée jusqu'à la guerre, y compris une gamme de modèles à moteurs en V en différentes cylindrées. La marque s'imposa facilement sur différents marchés étrangers, largement exportée dans toute l'Europe et même aux États-Unis.

    Ce rare modèle NSU de l'ère des vétérans est équipé d'un bicylindre en V avec distribution à soupapes d'admission au-dessus des soupapes d'échappement, entraînant directement la roue arrière par courroie. Non restaurée et préservée dans son état original, cette machine fit partie, pendant des années, d'une importante collection française et ne fut vendue qu'après la mort de son propriétaire et la dispersion de son domaine.

Saleroom notices

  • Prospective purchasers should be aware that it has not been possible to identify the manufacturer of this motorcycle and that it may not be an NSU.
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c.1909 NSU 620cc Twin Frame no. 1302229 Engine no. 18844
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