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Earlier today I worked/attended a concept car show known as Eyes On Design in SE Michigan. Fielding questions and such at a vendor table, I overheard a fellow who spoke of how he had just returned from Rhode Island to collect a car won on eBay. Upon leaving the show I took the opportunity to inspect what he had picked up, as well as his startling tow vehicle - sorry no digital images! The fellow had collected a NSU Ro80 for about $825, while his tow vehicle was a Citroen DS21 full cabriolet! The NSU was white with a blue wool interior, still outfitted with the two-rotor NSU engine (who knows how many times it was replaced under warrenty), a semiautomatic transmission, fuch-style factory alloys, etc. It had been stored inside for the last 18 years and was original and quite complete. Very amazing to see one in captivity in the United States! The new owner was pleased to open the vehicle up for inspection - what a treat. Going further, the DS21 full cabriolet tow car was scarcely believable. Copper in color and a little scruffy, to imagine he drove to Rhode Island and back to Michigan speaks of, what else can I say, very BIG BALLS! What a cool and delightfully eccentric combination to see on the roadways! Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Mike K.

Shelby Township, MI.

'74 '02 Malaga

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that would have been quite a sight going down the interstate - assume he had the NSU on a trailer, yes?

A local acquaintance had a DS 21 "Pallas" (the luxo version of the 4 door sedan with full leather, etc) for a number of years - he said once he got all the hash fixes applied by PO's (and their hack mechanics) turned around, it was one of the most reliable cars he ever owned.

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Indeed, the NSU was on the trailer. So odd to see the Citroen fully lowered to the ground - complete with a proper hitch! Having experienced various troubles sorting my '02, it can be difficult to imagine reliable performance out of a classic. It impressed me deeply to witness this level of dedication - mechanically sound though largely unrestored DS21 cabriolet towing an NSU Ro80 a continent away from specialists familiar with the car. In England one might dial up RoTechnics, but who to contact lost in the midwest? To me this is a level of daring I'm not confident I could handle at present. A really neat experience all the same, and a marvel to those sorting thirty-odd year old cars with robust club and spares support by contrast. Best regards...

Mike K.

Shelby Township, MI

'74 '02 Malaga

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Must have been quite a sight!

The convertible DS was built by the French coachbuilder

Chapron and several different styles were made, most with

unique dash boards.

Barry's right about their reliability - if properly maintained

they're so well engineered they'll last forever - my parents

family car was a DS21 Pallas bought in 1974: it's still going

strong, although my father spent the last 6 years restoring her

down to the last washer - something I couldn't even begin to

consider tackling!

Nick

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nothing short of revolutionary then. Typical French engineering--original (different) approaches to everything, fiendishly complex but long lived if properly maintained--and spoken softly to in good French!

Mike

(owned 13 French cars--still have 3)

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...the Paris Auto Show in 1955, and tried desperately to get them to sell him the show car.

He loved cars. He had a 1941 Lincoln Continental (Mk I) painted Cherokee red, his signature color.

At Taliesen west, in Scotsdale, AZ, he purchased a fleet of Crosleys, including a couple of sportier Hotshots, to get back and forth to Phoenix.

That's todays's trivia lesson.

Delia Wolfe

'73tii

Inka (aka "Orange Julius")

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I remember the auction! Looks like it went to the right home.

I will never forget the first Ro80 I ever saw. It was in Mission Viejo in the Land Rover dealership. No rust or damage anywhere and only 9K miles if I remember right. It was a lime metallic green and was in great shape. Called my dad to ask about it and he told me run... not walk... run far, far away. In the end, they are an engineering marvel, but the engine is worthless. I wonder if you could find something to replace the engine and still take advantage of the rest of the car's features.

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Truth be told, I was more intrigued by the NSU! From reading Throughbred and Classic Car, etc. it is my understanding that the NSU rotary powerplant was really released to the market before rotor tip seal technology matched the mass-market ambitions of the company. With the passage of 20-30K miles, the rotor tip seals would fail = no compression. To their considerable credit, NSU was said to have stood behind their product and replaced engines under warrenty, oftentimes more than once. Financially frail as warrenty claims mounted, NSU was picked up by Volkswagen which attempted to use various NSU developments to transition to watercooled products into the seventies. The rare VW K70 is evidence of this cross pollination. Perhaps the earlier NSU Prinz was recognized more as a vehicular novelty and not run up to high mileages by way of contrast to the 'mainstream' NSU Ro80? Owners disgusted with the NSU rotary might substitute a Ford V4 (also fitted to the SAAB Sonnett(sp?) - reportedly a good fit. Specialists have engineered fixes to address the period design limitations of the NSU rotary, but such pioneer work would be well outside my narrow realm of knowledge! Cool story though and really amazing to examine an example at close range. Best regards...

Mike K.

'74 '02 Malaga

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