Westrand Car Show 1913 NSU 6 - 18 PS Doppel Phaeton



In 1873 a man by the name of Christian Schmidt established a knitting machine manufacturing business in the town of Riedlingen in West Germany. Riedlingen is about 290km South East of Frankfurt by road. The business was called “Mechanische Werkstätte zur Herstellung von Strickmaschinen”. In 1880 the business was relocated in a town called Neckarsulm, about 150km North of Riedlingen, and much closer to Frankfurt.

By 1886 the company had grown and was manufacturing bicycles. These were High wheelers or “Penny farthings” as we know them. They were initially branded “Germania” cycles but by 1892 the knitting machine business ended and the name of the company was changed to NSU, which was an abbreviation for Neckarsulm.

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The first NSU motorcycle was produced in 1901 and the first car in 1905. While NSU motorcycles thrived before and after WWII the car business struggled. In 1932 NSU was forced to sell their newly built factory in Heilbronn to Fiat. Fiat then produced cars using a Fiat/NSU brand which was the cause of much litigation.

NSU then continued producing world class motorcycles until 1957 when they re-entered the car market with the NSU Prinz. As you can see, a really small car of 680cc and only 2 cylinders.

In 1964 NSU launched a range of Rotary Wankel engined cars. They were light, with small engines of a revolutionary design. Three of them appear below.

The Rotary engine proved to be capable of pushing cars to incredible speeds but the engine was unreliable for reasons which escape me. Despite this a joint venture between NSU and Citroen produced the Citroen CS Birotor, which makes more sense if written bi-rotor. The car was based on an existing Citroën Chassis but was a failure and the project was scrapped. Mazda also developed the Rotary engine and used it in the Mazda RX7 and while it sold fairly well the unreliability overwhelmed the positives of rotary engines.

Then in 1967 NSU launched the Ro80 – an unusual looking car with the rotary engine. Despite being the car of the year in 1967 sales were not what was expected and the NSU star was beginning to wane. Pictured below with a 1971 Ro80 is the Citroën and the last normal internal combustion car made by NSU – TYP 110.

Three images of the Ro80 appear below.

Despite their best efforts NSU could not sustain the development of the rotary engines and they were forced to sell out to Volkswagen in 1969 and merged it into the Auto Union – Audi division which they had acquired 5 years earlier. The name of the company was Audi NSU Auto Union AG which effectively finished off the NSU brand. Together with Wanderer Cars we now have two of the five components of the Audi History.

If you have a special motor car built before 2000 you should enter for the show on Saturday 31 August 2019

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

1913 NSU 6-18 Doppel Phaeton – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1928 NSU 6-30 – Joachim Köhler [CC BY 3.0
1928 NSU 6-30 – Theo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
1961 NSU Prinz III – order_242 from Chile [CC BY-SA 2.0
1964 NSU Prinz Sport – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 4.0
1964 NSU Wankel Spider – Photographed by de:Benutzer:Softeis [CC BY-SA 3.0
1969 NSU TT – Gwafton [CC BY-SA 3.0
NSU TYP 110 – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0
1971 NSU Ro80 – Charles01 [Public domain]
Citroen GS Birotor – PLawrence99cx [CC BY-SA 4.0
NSU Ro80 – Ralf Roletschek (talk) – Wissensmanagement mit Wikis [FAL or GFDL 1.2
NSU Ro80 – nakhon100 [CC BY 2.0
NSU Ro80 – Ralf Roletschek (talk) – Wissensmanagement mit Wikis [FAL or GFDL 1.2