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What better way to spend a Sunday than to take a drive back in time across the pond… and this lovely little NSU Spider. A two-seat cabrio manufactured in Germany by NSU Motorenwerke AG from 1964-67, it’s difficult to tell from these brochure illustrations that the engine was in the rear. And a special engine it was — here’s a description from the Dutch brochure: “Watergekoelde NSU-Wankel-Motor met roterende zuiger; kamervolume 500 cc. Max. vermogen 64 pk (SAE) bij 5000 omw/min; max. koppel 7,5 kgm (DIN) bij 3000 omw/min.” Well then, sounds like a Wankel Rotary Engine. Impressive. In 1969 NSU merged with another German manufacturer, Auto Union, to form Audi NSU Motorenwerke AG (eventually shortened to Audi AG).

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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jim@artvoice.com