The Van Veen OCR 1000 was the Wankel-powered dream of Dutch motorcycle magnate Hendrik Van Veen. The OCR (“Oil Cooled Rotor”) used a repurposed Comotor rotary automotive engine, most famously used in the NSU R080. NSU and Citroën pulled the plug on their joint rotary project after delivering only 50 engines to Van Veen, though the marketability of the Van Veen was questionable anyway. The engine made it massive, thirsty and somewhat fragile, though most damning was the cost—roughly the same as a new Mercedes 350SL roadster at the time. A total of thirty-eight OCRs were built between 1976–1981, with ten additional “continuation” examples being built from existing factory spares within the last few years. The Van Veen was ultimately a marketing failure, but certainly not an aesthetic one. The high grade of finish on the components is remarkable for such a small production run, and despite some awkward compromises such as the pizza-box-sized radiator, the Van Veen manages to simultaneously be history’s best looking rotary bike and best looking car-engined bike.
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