1975 NSU Ro80 Sixties Future Tech German Style Totally That Stupid — Volkswagen K70

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1975 NSU Ro80: Sixties Tech, German Style

Our for wacky German sedans is to anyone who has spent any time TTS . but in truth the majority of what we wacky appeals to us because uncommon here in the U.S. – those cars and configurations just never made it Grey market cars velour upholstery, manual gasoline-fueled standing heaters, and like make us giggle schoolgirls, but this is not one of those This NSU Ro80 is arguably they actually sold here (VERY briefly and in numbers), but chances are you’ve seen one, at least not and not in person. Frankly, even in they are few and far between, but they an interesting time in the history of as a precursor to slippery futuristic like the sleek Audi C3 that wowed the entire world in 1982. Better that, Ro80s run a Wankel engine. That’s right, fans, this Bud’s for This one can be found here on in Heilbronn, Germany for just Euros.

First released in 1967, the was NSU’s flagship sedan in a that also included the Prinz/TTS (heh…) at the time. It was an design by NSU, released a two years before the company was by Volkswagen. In addition to the practically of twin-rotor Wankel motor, the car had a wheel drive configuration for remarkably efficient use of space the car and an almost flat floor, a semi-automatic transmission that had you row the through a standard H-pattern but a conventional clutch, four-wheel brakes which were reserved for cars costing a of a lot more than the Ro80, and suspension on all corners. All of this meant a car that was about two decades ahead of its time in content and design.

So it’s such a great that everyone should bought one and it should have the world by storm, right? but… The rotary engine a reputation very early on for wholly unreliable, mainly due to defects and seal issues, of which were resolved by but alas the reputation had already cast in stone. Because of the that these were and thirsty cars, they particularly cherished and most driven into the ground by owners. Despite production of 37,000 units across the model run there are only a available on the market at any given and they’re usually examples at extremes of the market: a basket good for little more parts, or a pampered garage whose owner has an over-inflated of value. That’s what a middling care like so appealing.

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Even reliability problems on cars seem to have more or less addressed by leaving the cars to suffer general age issues as opposed to troubles. That’s not to say that can’t be temperamental, and they are thirsty just like all tend to be. I could tell you about a 1.1 litre Mazda that got about 11mpg. I have a lead foot, but They have a unique however, that makes unusually rev-happy for cars of the and seventies – the Ro80 redlines at 6600 rpm, but it is remarkably to get there. Weighing in at about pounds and producing 113hp, the delivers 60mph in about 11 and a top speed of about 115. leisurely by modern standards, but than capable of getting out of its own way and to cruise at 100mph all day long.

While the outside is more than one would expect 1960s Germany – some the car has a far more French look it – the interior has that austere ambiance that we like so Gauges and switchgear are clear, and well laid-out, the velour (or leather) seats lack a lot of but do the job required just fine, and the majority of Ro80s, at least on the market, seem to have sunroofs. For an open-air junkie me that’s a real plus. The semi-automatic has well-spaced ratios but have criticized its vagueness. driven a Volkswagen with shift bushings? Something that, but perfectly workable. Of you could get the Ro80s sister car – the K70 – with a conventional inline-4 and manual, but that car is both and slower than the Ro80, and far rare. Besides, it just the NSU’s svelte charm.

This car’s blue on tan is a pleasing combination, although came in some terrifically colors like bright and bite-me green that be a hoot, especially if you’re going through the trouble of one across the Atlantic. Because not going to find one here. As and unusual German sedans go, one is a pleasing performer and near the top of my “I it” list. I’m not sure if I, or anyone I could actually work on it, but it with a handy repair (probably in German) to help. so, if you want to be different from, everyone, then this is an

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