1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977

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Lot 235
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary
Registration no. XSD 557T Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977

Sold for £ 9,775 (US$ 12,369) inc. premium
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary
Registration no. XSD 557T
Frame no. 480000472
Engine no. 7585977
Although it would eventually prove a technological blind alley, the rotary engine seemed full of promise for automotive applications in the early 1970s. Three major motorcycle manufacturers released models using rotary engines: Suzuki, Norton, and DKW. Introduced to the UK market in 1973, the latter's offering was the W2000 (marketed as the Hercules W2000 elsewhere) which was powered by a single-rotor Fichtel & Sachs snowmobile engine displacing 294cc. This fan-cooled unit drove via a six-speed transmission and was suspended from a tubular spine frame, while the rest of the cycle parts were entirely conventional for the time. It goes without saying that its engine was vibration-less, but the little 'Deek' possessed other virtues: excellent build quality, superb handling, BMW-like rider comfort, and the convenience of an electric starter. Top speed was around 95mph. 'But even ignoring the novelty value of the unconventional power unit, it's an outstanding machine in its own right,' declared Bike.

This DKW W2000 was purchased in August 2014 from Webbs Classic Motorcycles of Tamworth, Staffordshire (purchase receipt available). Also on file is a quantity of MoTs (most recent expired October 2017), old/current V5C documents, and numerous invoices for parts and services, including one for repainting the tank and side panels. The most recent service invoice is dated September 2016. An original owner's manual and a photocopy BMS maintenance manual are included in the sale.

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  • 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 machine is offered with a valid MOT that expires 16 October 2018.
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1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
1978 DKW W2000 Rotary Frame no. 480000472 Engine no. 7585977
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