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NSU Die Cast Models 1:18
NSU Motorenwerke AG, (normally just NSU), was a German manufacturer of cars and motorcycles, which was founded in 1873. It was acquired by Volkswagen Group in 1969. VW merged the company with Auto Union, with all future production to bear the Audi badge, retaining the four interlocking circles of Auto Union.

NSU began as a knitting machine manufacturer in 1873 in the town of Riedlingen and moved to Neckarsulm. The company soon began to produce bicycles as well, and by 1892, bicycle manufacturing had completely replaced the knitting machine production. At about this time, the name NSU (from Neckar and Sulm) appeared as brand name.

The first NSU motorcycle appeared in 1901, followed by the first NSU car in 1905. In 1955 NSU became the biggest motorcycle producer in the world. NSU also holds 4 world records for speed: 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. In 1956 Wilhelm Herz started at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. Herz was the first man to ride a motorcycle faster than 200 miles per hour, in August 1956.

In 1957 NSU re-entered the car market with the new NSU Prinz. In 1964 NSU offered the first Wankel engine car of the world: the NSU Wankelspider. In 1967 the sensational 2 rotor, 115 hp NSU Ro 80 was presented to public and soon gained several design awards like "car of the year 1967". Despite its public acclaim, sales of the Ro 80 were disappointing. Mazda currently has a reliable sportscar, the RX-8 in their portfolio looking back on a successful Wankel engine family.

The development of the rotary engine was very cost-intensive for the small company. In 1969, the company was taken over by Volkswagen Group.
1968 - 1000
1961 - Prinz IV
1958 - Prinz I / II / III