1935 Zündapp K 500SOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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The Zündapp company was founded in 1917 in Nuremberg, Germany by Fritz Neumeyer, Friedrich Krupp and the machine tool manufacturer Thiel under the name "Zünder- und Apparatebau G.m.b.H." as an arms manufacturer. After World War I, Neumeyer became the sole proprietor of the company, and with the decline in demand for weapons he began to produce motorcycles several years later. The first production Zündapp was the Z22 built in 1921, the motorcycle for everybody or "Motorrad für Jedermann" was a simple and reliable design that was produced in large numbers.

The larger K-series was produced from 1933. They used 200 to 800cc engines with a shaft drive. The company continued to grow and with the out break of World War Two the famous KS750 was introduced with a driven side wheel side car and locking differential. More than 18,000 of these bikes were made for the German Wehrmacht.

After the War production continued in mainly smaller scooter and moped machines, with the exception of the famous 1951 KS601 or 'green elephant' as it was affectionately known with a 598 cc two cylinder four stroke engine.

Sales declined in the 1960's and 70's with the onslaught of the Japanese, although the small two stroke bikes stayed in production until 1984 when the company was folded.

Having formed part of a collection for many years this pre War Zundapp 500cc twin cylinder motorcycle remains largley in original condition.

Reference Number 5520

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1935 Zündapp K 500
VIN 164723