During the 1920s the German DKW (Dampf Kraft Wagen or 'Steam Powered Car)' firm operated the largest motor cycle factory in the world. It had been formed in 1916 by Jorgen Rasmussen, a Danish engineer to build a steam vehicle. The firm built a variety of two-stroke motor cycle engines used by other manufacturers on their machines. The firm merged into the Auto Union group in 1932 but the DKW name remained in use. After World War II, the company continued to make cars and motor cycles including their well-known two-cylinder two-stroke air-cooled engines.

This two-cylinder, air cooled engine is serial no. 49002195 and was purchased by the Museum in 1964.

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