1934 Zündapp

K 800


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Italian title
Frame n°140608
Engine n°CZM1635SA

- 4-cylinder flat engine
- Rare surviving example
- Legendary motorcycle
- No reserve

Zündapp began to specialise in the production of motorcycles in 1921, having manufactured machine tools and armaments during the First World War. The K series, unveiled in 1933, was the marque's first foray into big-engined machines. The Zündapp bikes provided direct competition to BMW, offering clients the same architecture: frame and fork in pressed steel, flat-four engine and cardan shaft transmission. It was the flat-four engine that made the K 800 exceptional. It would be another forty years before the Honda Goldwing offered the same architecture. Fed by a single 22mm carburettor, the engine produced 26 bhp. The gearbox is integrated into the crankcase, and, unlike the BMW, the transmission uses duplex chains. The four gears are operated by a lever on the side of the fuel tank. The K 800 was produced until just before the Second World War, with close to 7 000 examples built of which few survived the conflict, making it one of the most sought after machines from this period.
The K800 in the collection has 27 681 km on the odometer. It was restored in Germany during the 1990s and has retained a lovely patina today. The bike was imported into Italy at the start of the 2000s. In 2005 it was given ASI certification with the number 2889. This K 800 has been one of the stars of the collection since 2008. It is a choice piece for all enthusiasts of pre-war German motorcycles.

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Photos © Christophe Gasco