1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670

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Lot 335
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS
Registration no. WLX 985 Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670

£ 2,000 - 2,500
US$ 2,500 - 3,200
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS
Registration no. WLX 985
Frame no. 4559-2177
Engine no. 47075670
DKW was alternatively known as either Dampf Kraft Wagen or Der Knabische Wunsche. The former being the name of founder Jorgen Ramussen's original steam engine, and the latter 'the schoolboy's dream'. After producing illustrious performance machinery before the war, they made the RT125 during the war (which was later to be copied as the BSA Bantam), along with others for military use. They were able to restart production post-war in 1949, when the RT125 made a return. Other models followed, including a 200, and eventually a sports version, the RT200S. Later, this became the RT200VS when Earles forks were added. Purchased by the vendor in 2013, WLX 985 was complete, but required attention. The engine unit had a top end strip and was found to be in good condition. The rest of the machine was dismantled and the cycle parts repainted. All brightwork was re-chromed, wheel rims were painted and rebuilt with new spokes, the seat recovered, rear shock absorber rebuilt, and the whole bike thoroughly checked. A new old stock petrol tank was sourced and fitted, together with a stainless steel exhaust and a non-standard ignition switch. Documentation consists of a current V5C, old mot certificates, and miscellaneous papers and receipts, plus some old 'before' photographs. Since completion the machine has been used on the road a number of times.
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1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
1959 DKW 197cc RT 200VS Frame no. 4559-2177 Engine no. 47075670
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