The Zündapp 517 is the most popular type of models that Zündapp made over the course of many years. They may look alike, but still there are quite made many different models.
In 1967, the 517-05 was launched and was named Super-Combinette de Luxe. This was the first version that came out 517.
It was an anniversary model and had a fully chromed tank. This tank we still know the type 515, the predecessor of the 517. The taillight was an integral part of the mudguard and was called a "Pig Snout".
The engine was equipped with a three speed gearbox with manual transmission and forced air cooling. This meant that during the running of the engine, by means of a blade wheel which was mounted on the flywheel, an air flow was sent along the cylinder. This cooled the engine even when the bike stopped and ran at idle.
This model was introduced in 1968 and was fitted with a high rectangular tank. This type was soon called the "Groin Stoter" in the vernacular. This type was called the Super-Combinette de Luxe and was otherwise virtually identical to the anniversary model. The engine remained the same and was therefore equipped with a three speed gearbox with manual transmission and the forced air cooling.
The series liste 8 was called the C 50 sports.
From 1969 to 1974 the type designations C50 Super and CS-50 were conducted. This type was provided with a rear fender with a separate back light. Also, the shape of the tank changed from the high model to a more streamlined version. The chrome was fortunately maintained at all 517 models.
Liste A was manufactured from 1974 to 1976 and was also named CS-50. The change was him in the tank was now fitted with a wide swath with the text "Zündapp" in large letters. This type was therefore quickly referred to as the "Job Tank". The green colored Zundapp were designated as type "Ranger".
This type in 1977 was designated as CS-50
This type, with a new frame and the wider chrome tank, was a totally different Zündapp than people were used until then. Well equipped with the familiar three manual engine, but with a loose headlamp caught by brackets to the front fork. Furthermore other side shields and a new type of rear fender with separate rear and fitted with an enclosed chain guard and a wider saddle.
In 1969 and 1970 came from the type C50 Sport. It was a sporting moped in black performed with a red saddle. The chain was a chrome strip above the chain and a small piece underneath. The latter, of course, was to confirm the rubber between the motor and chain guard. The engine was operated by a three foot circuit brought about by the speed of the connection via a cable.
The rear fender was again of the old type with solid taillight and fender was chrome or stainless steel.
Along with the C50 Sports came out in 1969 and 1970, the CS-50 Super off. Although slightly less sporty-looking than the Sport, this type had it again the modern rear fender with the loose tail. The front fender was painted in the color of the vehicle. The engine was identical, three-speed with a cable. The chain was again closed type, painted in the color of the vehicle.
The GT-50 saw the light in 1971 and was very similar to CS-50 Super. The engines were conducted in both 3 hand- or three foot gear
In 1974 came the type liste 5 out, with only a difference in the color of the moped and had as a three-foot engine acceleration block.
This Zündapp, the GTS-50 was conducted in a gold paint finish and came out in 1971. A very chic and still a very popular color. Equipped with a sporty low handlebars and a further three hand gear motor with cooling air stream.
in 1972 and 1973 to the GTS-50 Super came out in the beautiful and bright orange version. Provided with reinforcement braces between the motor and fork, a single headlight and a chrome or stainless steel fender .. This type was provided with a 4-foot gear motor.
The GTS-50 was born in 1974 and came out in a softer orange color. The engine was the 4-foot acceleration performance. The headlamp was again the older fixed type. The tool boxes had a slightly different model compared to the predecessors and the tank was of the type "Jobs Tank". The front fender was sprayed in color.
The Super Sport from 1974 also had another job tank, but now with the loose headlamp. This type had a chrome or stainless steel fender and was carried out in the more intense orange color. The 4-foot gear was elevated to standard engine and this type was also also carried along. The hubs have been given a larger diameter.
In 1975 came the GTS-50 and the Super Sport with the four foot Acceleration engine. Versions do not know.
1976 is the GTS-50 with single headlight and chrome or stainless steel fender. Features the now familiar reinforcement brackets and loose km-counter and again the major hubs.
Also from 1976 is the type KS-50 Super-Sport Grand Luxe. Outside color no external differences with liste E.
These are the so-called type 529 from 1977, the newer type. These will not be further discussed here.
The KS-50 from 1973 and 1974 had a water-cooled engine and was equipped with the major hubs in the wheels. Furthermore, a job tank and the loose headlamp. Weather fender chrome or stainless steel.
From 1977 there were only Zündapp models made including the type 529. Although these later models less sought after by collectors, they are indeed real Zündapps. Qualitatively as good and as reliable as all types produced in previous years.