London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
11 June 2005
1977 VAN VEEN OCR 1000
Frame No. A 0020 15
Green and black
Engine: Dual disc Wankel, 996cc, compression 9,0:1, 100bhp at 6,500rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Transmission: shaft drive; Brakes: front, dual disc, rear, single disc.
In the Seventies Henk van Veen was the main importer of German Kreidler motorcycles for the Netherlands. Kreidler, highly specialized in two-stroke mopeds, got its reputation with a string of 50cc world championships in the 1970s, with a team managed by the Dutch importer. As Kreidler hit financial problems, Van Veen was looking for a new ambitious project and the idea of the luxurious rotary-engined OCR 1000 superbike was born. A prototype of the OCR1000 was shown in 1974 at the IFMA in Cologne, here still with a Moto Guzzi frame powered by a Mazda rotary engine.
The first bikes were sold in 1976 and they were powered by a KKM 624 engine which was a modified powerplant for the Citroën GS. The rotary engine was a cooperation of Audi-NSU and Citroën and was developed and built by Comotor. The main driving tests and parts of the development process were done by Porsche in Weissach which guarantees a very good handling and can easily reach a top speed of 135 mph.
Although very fast and smooth, the OCR 1000 was remarkable for being the world's most expensive roadster in the late 1970s with a price in excess of $15,000. Only some 30 of the 200 planed units were built before production ended 1978.
No. A 0020 15 was the fifteenth bike of the production and was first delivered to Germany in January 1977. It is believed to be in good overall condition and comes from a deceased estate were it has not been used for the last two years.
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