At the automotive show in Berlin in 1933, the Zündapp Werke, GmbH factory, located in Nuremberg (Germany), presented a new motorcycle series—Series K. The letter “K” in its name was an indication that this motorcycle had a cardan drivetrain.
The Zündapp K 800 was equipped with a 4-cylinder, flat, air-cooled engine with 20 hp at 4000 rpm, which had very beautiful design both externally and internally. The first engine modification had the bronze-backed bearings in connecting-rod big ends and PALAS bronze carburetor; the camshaft was chain-driven. The first K 800 machine had an engine with 18 hp rating. In 1935, the motorcycle was modified. Lower connecting rod heads got needle roller bearings, the generator was driven by fabroil gear with a rubber damper introduced into the system, and most importantly, the new Amal carburetor was installed, the motorcycle capacity increased to 20 hp. On versions with an accelerator pump, the power reached 22 hp. Also, the shape of crankcase cover plates was changed, both for the upper cover and for the one closing the carburetor.
In 1934, the civilian version of the K-800 was modified for the Wehrmacht.
The military version, K 800-W, was especially favored by soldiers, but this model had the following flaw: the spark plugs got often fouled due to the undercooling of rear cylinders. Wehrmacht had in its inventory around 550 K 800 units. The Zündapp K 800 was and still is the only four-cylinder motorcycle used by the German army.
Zündapp K 800 from «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection
During the period between 1933 and 1938, the Zündapp Werke, GmbH factory manufactured 7,569 K 800 motorcycles.
|Manufacturer||Zündapp Werke, GmbH, Nuremberg (Germany)|
|Years of manufacture||1933 – 1938|
|Quantity produced, units||550|
|Price||1 550 RМ|
|Today’s value||10 309,6 $|
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|Type||4-cylinder, horizontally opposed, air-cooled|
|Engine capacity, cc||804|
|Bore and stroke, mm||66 х 66,6|
|Engine rating||20 h.p. at 4000 rpm|
|Sparking||Magneto, left-side kickstarter arrangement|
|Carburetor||Amal or Pallas 22 mm|
|FRAME AND WHEELBASE|
|Frame type||Welded, duplex|
|Front suspension||Parallelogram, with frictional damper|
|Wheel size||3,50 or 4,00 х 19|
|Ground clearance, mm||
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|Maximum speed, km/h||