NSU Kettenkrad

Before the Ripsaw EV2, there was the Kettenkrad NUS, a tracked motorcycle / tank hybrid used in both the Eastern Front during World War II and the North African desert. It’s powered by a 1478cc inline-4 water-cooled engine sourced from the Opel Olympia car featured throughout the German military, which made repairs a breeze since German mechanics at the time were more familiar with this powerplant. This engine has a modest power output of 36 bhp, mated a three-speed transmission, giving it the ability to climb inclines of 25° or more, while topping out at 50 mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

NSU Kettenkrad
NSU Kettenkrad
NSU Kettenkrad
NSU Kettenkrad
NSU Kettenkrad

“This particular model is from 1944, the final year of production for these things, and is believed to have been used by the German Forestry Commission. It’s slated to hit the Bonhams auction block later this month where it�s expected to sell for anywhere between $73,000- 98,000,” reports Hi Consumption.