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Lot 445: Zündapp K500

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Founded in WWI to manufacture armaments, Zündapp found a new role post-war as a motorcycle producer, building its first machine, a Levis-powered two-stroke, in 1921. In 1924 Zündapp began making its own engines, selling more than 10,000 machines that year, and in 1933 introduced the first of the horizontally opposed, four-stroke twins that it is best remembered for. The initial 398cc and 496cc sidevalve 'K' models were followed in 1936 by the overhead-valve KS500 which, like its predecessors, employed designer Richard Küchen's unconventional all-chain four-speed 'gearbox' and shaft final drive. Common to all the larger models and eminently suited to withstanding the stresses and strains imposed by travel on unmade roads, the frame and girder forks were made of pressed steel, an advanced feature at the time. An older restoration, this K500 is offered with French Carte Grise de collection.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number445
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€8050
Year1937
Condition rating
Registration number4142 VK 61
Mileage-
Chassis number169354
Engine number169354
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors