Post Listing Update: This Munch did not meet reserve despite 42 bids up to $69,999 on eBay in Warkworth, New Zealand.
Considered by some to be the world’s first superbike, the Munch Mammoth (Mammut) was revealed to the world four years before Honda opened some eyes with the CB750. It was aptly named, with a 996cc four-cylinder car engine from NSU that helped contribute to a weight of 480 pounds – that engine gradually grew throughout the run. Just 478 were built, and RideApart estimates that 320 are still around.
For more on the Mammut, check out this write-up on an older version of The Vintagent (couldn’t find the article on the new site) – it’s especially worth a read as Paul d’Orleans actually got a chance to ride one and he does a great job conveying what the experience was like. Or if you prefer videos, here’s an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage so you can hear what it’s like:
This bike (VIN: TT0027) has 3,180 miles, and it’s equipped with a 1,085cc motor that’s been paired with two twin-draft 40mm Weber carbs that have just been serviced. It was last sold 15 years ago by Michael’s Motorcycles, and it has since been in a private museum in New Zealand. “Because the bike had done so little mileage the owner decided to have the engine completely pulled down and checked over, just to make sure. It was in virtually brand new condition and so was reassembled and put in the collection.”
Find this Mammut for sale in Warkworth, New Zealand with bidding up to $35,700 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.