c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606

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Lot 215
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. 457 UYU Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606

Sold for £ 35,650 (US$ 43,687) inc. premium
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. 457 UYU
Frame no. 11606
Engine no. 11606
• Rare Zündapp OHV sports model
• Felber petrol-tube sidecar
• Restored while in previous ownership

Founded at the height of WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a producer of motorcycles under the direction of new owner, Dr Fritz Neumeyer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. The firm began making its own engines in 1924, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and at the Berlin Motor Show in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that it is best remembered for. These formed part of an extensive and diverse range of models, all but the smallest two-stroke being designated by the letter 'K' (for kardan, meaning 'shaft').

Among the models premiered were the K400 (398cc) and K500 (496cc) sidevalve twins, both of which employed designer Richard Küchen's unconventional all-chain four-speed 'gearbox' and, as the designation suggests, shaft final drive. Introduced at the same time was another Küchen design: a horizontally opposed four made in 598cc (K600) and 798cc (K800) capacities. Common to all the larger models and eminently suited to withstanding the stresses and strains imposed by travel on unmade roads, the robust frame and girder forks were made of pressed steel, an advanced feature at the time. The new Zündapp range was an enormous success, and in September 1933 the firm produced its 100,000th machine, quite an achievement after little more than a decade as a motorcycle manufacturer.

Immediately prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, Zündapp introduced an overhead-valve twin, the KS600. The latter's 597cc engine produced 28bhp, and like the rest of the larger Zündapps the KS600 featured the chain-drive 'gearbox', shaft drive, and the pressed steel frame and forks. The larger Zündapps saw service in substantial numbers with the German Army during WW2, military versions being identified by a 'W' (Wehrmacht) model suffix.

Dated as of 1940 manufacture by its VIN plate, this restored KS600 is attached to a most handsome Felber petrol-tube sidecar. Adolf Felber & Co was based in Vienna, Austria, and its sidecars must have been of the very highest quality as George Brough licensed the design for his Brough Superiors. The combination was first registered in the UK (to the current vendor) on 3rd January 2017 having been purchased from a large collection in mainland Europe. It has since been checked over by BSK SpeedWorks Ltd, and we are advised that the throttle cable is 'sticky' and needs replacing. Last ridden in February 2017, this rare German combination comes with a current V5C document and an Austrian registration book (Einzelgenehmigung) dating from 1953, which records ownership changes up to 2016.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 116. We are unable to find a stamped frame number, only the headstock plaque which reads 11606 for both frame and engine numbers.
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c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
c.1940 Zündapp KS600 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. 11606 Engine no. 11606
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