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


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