1953 Zündapp KS601

Zundapp KS601

Zundapp KS601

One of many KS601s owned by WaltonVintage. This one was fully restored by cousins Pawel Slowik and Grzesiek Osinski in 2006. It is U.S. version of “Green Elephant” with sidecar and all matching numbers.

After World War II, the company gradually shifted to producing smaller machines, for instance, the “Bella” motorscooter, still a relatively heavy machine for its type. The last of the heavy motorcycles, and incidentally also one of its most famous models, was released in 1951: the KS601 (the “Green Elephant”) with a 598 cc two cylinder engine.
From 1957 to 1958 the company also produced the Zündapp Janus microcar.
In 1958 the company moved from Nuremberg to Munich. Subsequently, the company developed several new smaller models, gave up the development of four-stroke engines and only produced two-stroke models. Initially, Zündapp scooters and mopeds sold well, but later sales declined, and in 1984, the company was bankrupt and closed.

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~ by horyn on August 10, 2011.

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