1938 Zundapp K800 & Sidecar; Zündapp; 1938; CMM66

Name/Title

1938 Zundapp K800 & Sidecar

About this object

Zündapp was founded during the First World War to manufacture detonators and produced its first motorcycle in 1921 using Levis two-stroke engines of 211cc and 246cc capacity. In 1924, the company began manufacturing its own engines and sold more than 10,000 motorcycles that year. The first Zündapp four-stroke was produced in 1930 using a Rudge Python engine and by 1933 the company had manufactured 100,000 motorcycles. That year, it introduced its first horizontally-opposed, twin-cylinder, side-valve, four-stroke engines for the K-series motorcycles, the 'K' standing for 'Kardanantrieb', which means 'enclosed driveshaft'. The 1933 K models were the twin-cylinder K400 (398cc) and K500 (498cc), and the four-cylinder K600 (598cc) and K800 (804cc).

The four-cylinder K800 produced 20hp (later 22hp) at 4,300rpm. The four-speed, hand-change, unit-construction gearbox is of an unconventional, all-chain design with a separate chain for each ratio. The sturdy frame and single-spring girder forks are fabricated from pressed steel. Its top speed is around 115kph (71mph). Many K800s, usually with a factory-supplied sidecar, were used by the German military during the Second World War.

This 1938 example complete with its original sidecar was purchased for the NZ Classic Motorcycles collection from a private vendor in Atlanta, Georgia, in April, 2008. It was acquired by Transport World for their Classic Motorcycle Mecca collection in May 2016.

Maker

Zündapp

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1938

Place Made

Germany

Object number

CMM66

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