The first car,series produced with NSU-Wankel engine (497 ccm, 50
hp) was introduced in 1963 at Frankfurt IAA motorshow. Series
production started in 1964 and lasted to 1967. Only 2375 units
were sold. Then the Ro 80 ran into production. Pricing started
with 8500 DM and run down to 6990 DM in 1967.
Several buyers were testers for the new engine. With the little
convertible car several sport events had been won. So K.-H. Pannowitz
and R.Struntz won the 1966 german rallye championship with a slightly
modified car, that used a modified engine with 65 HP. These sport-spiders
were sold to the interested customers for rallyeing. In 1967 Siegfried
Spieß won the German Bergmeisterschaft (Hill climbing) of
all classes with his modified Spider and his personally tuned
Spider engine, that delivered nearly 100 hp at 11000 rpm. It was
extremely loud, when started, the driver always had to use ear
clips under his helmet. Spectators could hear the characteristical
engine-sound over a long distance. The exhaust system was made
of an exactly length-adapted tube with an endmuffler taken from
the Rennmax-motorcycle. Spiess also was the favourite tuning specialist
in NSU 2- and 4-cylinder cars.
Most sold spiders were colored red (= Alfa-Rot), some others were
white (=Gletscher-Weiss). Weight was 700 kg , the hardtop extra
30kg. Length of car was 3.58 meters, heigth 1.26 meters, wheelbase
These NSU-Spider infos came from Gerhard Geiling
. He is a member of the NSU Prinz IG and NSU Wankel Spider Club
Germany, so if you are interested in this clubs or NSU Wankel
things he'd be happy to give you any information you need.
with speedometer and electronic-rpm-meter
Here is shown the NSU power unit blocked with the gearbox. It
was used as undercovered watercooled rear engine in the little
Following some small images, click to get the full size
Engine cabinet of the historic
racing spider reraced since the 1990 saison.