NSU 1000CS Review

1969 NSU 1000CS 997cc 4 cylinder ohc air cooled from UK and Ireland

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1974
Most recent year of ownership1977
Engine and transmission 997cc 4 cylinder ohc air cooled Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Viva


Excellent cars, but under-promoted and a little expensive - overshadowed by the inferior VW Beetle


Windscreen wiper/washer switch failed during a wet journey.

General Comments:

Well engineered and well built.

Sporty performance.

Smooth, but noisy (air cooled) engine being unusually advanced for an economy car with five-bearing crank and overhead camshaft.

Handling excellent, but the rear end does break away in extreme circumstances as with most rear-engine cars.

Much better design than the similar concept (air cooled rear engine, backbone chassis, German made) VW Beetle.

Excellent all-round visibility with wrap-round front and rear screens.

Good gearchange for such a remote linkage.

I also had an NSU 1200TT, which is the same car with a 1200cc twin carb. engine. A real Mini 1275GT eater!

They now make Audi cars !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2005

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review