Several things were unusual about 1937 Nimbus Luxus motorcycle, but perhaps most unique was that it was designed and built in Denmark, a nation not known as a major source of two-wheel transportation.
Also unusual was this aspect of the Danish-built Nimbus's design: it was offered only in four-cylinder/shaft-drive configuration throughout its 1920-1957 production run.
While early models carried a flathead engine, overhead valves were in use by 1937.
Other unusual Nimbus features exhibited on the 1937 Nimbus Luxus motorcycle include a channel-steel frame (as opposed to round tubing), and a fuel tank surrounded by the frame rails.
Also unorthodox is a centrally mounted gear lever situated behind the tank, in its own console. The clutch could be operated by either a foot pedal or hand lever.
Telescopic forks were also unusual for the 1930s, and the pressed-steel handlebars would stand out in any era.
Both the driver and passenger seat were sprung, though both were "hollow" underneath.
The 45-cubic-inch overhead-valve four in the 1937 Nimbus Luxus motorcycle was of an efficient cross-flow design, but had exposed valve springs along with rocker arms that partially protruded from the head casting.
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The 1937 Nimbus Luxus was an unusual motorcycle in terms of its many unorthodox design features and also in the fact that it was Danish-built.