NSU 110 - the big NSU from the “PRINZEN” Family
First "Contact" with NSU
By the way, the first contact was a bit painful…
My father owned a NSU 1000 TT, the right car for the countryside where we lived at that time: the Black Forest. Driving on the small winding roads was fun. Even today this is his opinion.
Anyway, we both were on the road again (I was at an age of five at that time) when an Opel took our right of way. Father started an emergency braking. Nothing happened with the cars but I started flying from the backseat over the co-pilots seat down beneath the dashboard. I was used to place myself in the middle behind the front seats and cheer my father. Safety belts for the backseats, airbags and safety seats for children were not common at that time.
Well, except some bruises, a big shock (not only for me but for all participants of the event) nothing more happened.
During this time the whole family and friends often went to the Uphill Race at the Schauinsland, at that time a famous track near Freiburg in the Black Forest. Mother and her friend normally went to the drivers camp to admire Ludovico Scarfiotti and Hans Herrmann (not their cars…). Father, son and friend went across the forest up the “direttissima” to one of the many curves. Regarding the small cars we were especially enthusiastic about Wilfried Spiess with his Wankel Spider, tuned by himself. You could already hear him up in the mountains when he started down in the valley.
Additionally my father told me another story about his NSU.
The predecessor of the NSU TT was an Opel Kadett A whose transmission broke two times. The Opel dealer could not accept the defeat and offered a contest against a Opel Rallye-Kadett B (silver with a black hood). At that time the Autobahn Karlsruhe - Freiburg - Basel was not yet completed and the traffic was small. A good prerequisite for a race. The route was set from Riegel to Lahr and back again. The NSU TT made it!! The Opel just came up to the rear but did not manage to pass. I do not know whether I was co-pilot in this race.
Nevertheless, after getting my driving license, I bought a NSU 1000 with some extras. After some trips the car was completely token to pieces and … - sorry - nevr again rebuilt. Today I think a car which is operable never should be token to pieces except you know a lot about this job, have much time and own plenty of money to correct your mistakes. Besides each step needs proper documentation.
But, all this came to a good end. Some years later I was lucky to get the herewith introduced NSU 110C from the first owner with a broken engine and some other defects. This car is now cannibalizing my first NSU 1000. The chassis was taken over by a repair shop in Oberfranken to save another car. (Pictures may be shown shortly, perhaps!)