Page 57. 1959 DKW RT 200 VS. SOLD

1959 DKW RT 200 VS

Purchased from Pride & Clark in 1959.

Registration VYV 563.

V5C. MOT and Taxed.

Good Running Order.

…The Closest You’ll Get to an AUDI Motorcycle!

This delightful 51-year-old ‘deek’ is in regular use, and excellent condition all round.

It was purchased from Pride & Clark in 1959.

It’s easy to start…

…and ready to jump on and use right away.



J. S. Rasmussen founded Motorenwerke Rasmussen in Zschopau, Germany in 1906, and entered the motorcycle manufacture with a bicycle motor in 1921. The name DKW was trademarked in 1922 and the firm went on to become one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world. By 1928 they were building some 65,000 engine units annually, and DKW engines could be found powering some 60 German marques of the interwar period.

They joined Audi, Wanderer and Horch to form Auto Union in the 1930s, merging again in the 1950s with Victoria and Express to form Zweirad-Union, which in turn was absorbed by Sachs in 1965.


DKW motorcycles used 2-stroke engines which were technically advanced; the best-known one in the UK is the RT 125. As reparations after World War II, the design drawings of the RT125 were given to Harley-Davidson in the US and BSA in the UK. The HD version was known as the Hummer, while BSA used them for the Bantam. Designs from the DKW 2-stroke engine was also used in the Ariel Arrow and Leader.

During the War, DKW engineers also created the Cyclemaster (which was essentially a redesigned 1938 Sachs Saxonette auxiliary unit). The plans for that were also confiscated, and the contract for production awarded to EMI in Great Britain. As has been remarked before, from German engineers, America got the H-bomb while Britain got the Cyclemaster…

IFA and later MZ models continued in production until the 1990s, when economics finally brought production of the two stroke to an end. Other manufacturers also copied the DKW design, officially or otherwise, including Yamaha, Voskhod and Polish WSK.

Vintage DKW motorcycles enjoy an excellent reputation for design and engineering and are sought-after machines today. Spares are obtainable from Germany (some components were used in later MZ motorcycles, which makes spares availability much easier). There’s an active club in Germany, and Bernie of the British Two-Stroke Club runs an enthusiastic section for German machines in the UK.



OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: To start, push down the ignition key, turn on petrol, advance choke fully. (Choke is hidden next to left-hand handlebar grip). Turn off choke once it fires.

Sometimes these German push-fit ignition keys pop up when you hit a bump – in which case the ignition turns off.

Remember to remove the key when not in use, as the ignition is turned on as soon as you insert the key.


SUMMARY: I’ve only found two adverse points on this motorcycle, and they are both minor. Firstly, the handlebars are pushed back slightly on the left side (near side).

It’s not particularly apparent – it does not affect the handling – but you can see it if you compare both handlebars where they meet the shroud.

I won’t bother to have the handlebars straightened before sale, as it has been ridden like this by the previous owner for many years, and it didn’t affect anything when I rode it. It would be easy to sort out.

The second point I noticed is a patch on the rear of the saddle.

The saddle is otherwise excellent.

And apart from these two points the bike is superb.






Most of my images on these pages are digital, ie I do not have the original printed copies. However, I do own photocopies of the brochure in the photo below. (I’ve got the other books in the picture somewhere too, but I can’t remember where I put them).

These are some of the inside pages of the photocopied brochure that is included in the sale.






OWNER: BuyVintage Online Auctions

LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom


DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain – delivery of a motorcycle is £70 to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).


(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).


If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.


Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.


You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.


AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…


VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.



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