William Garrett posted this and said: “Just your typical Bay Area car show”. Now that’s my kind of car show.
More reading on the Ro80:
Automotive History Capsule: NSU Ro80–The Tragic Automotive Goddess
Ate Up With Motor’s in-depth article on the “Rotary Revolutionary”
The Ro80 looking more advanced than either the ’84 Audi 5000 or ’86 Ford Taurus, IMO. The ’93 Eagle Vision reminded me somewhat of the NSU.
The overwrought Lexus RX, offers an unflattering design comparison here.
“The ’93 Eagle Vision reminded me somewhat of the NSU.”
Now, is that *all* it reminded you of?
Probably the only rarer sight would’ve been an original US import Ro80 with sealed-beam headlights. I’d be all over the once-common, now rusted away up here, Civic sedan as well.
66+ years in the Bay Area and I’m quite sure I’ve never seen an Ro80. Haven’t seen that gen Civic as a 4 door for quite while either.
https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/382172718353575413/ This thread got my attention bc my dad bought an NSU Prinz in 1960ish! My older brother and his friends used to pick it up and move it down the street for a prank!
LOL! Reminds me of a prank we pulled on someone. Back in high school I had a 1954 Oldsmobile, but not being a senior, we couldn’t park in the school lot. We would park across the street at a small railroad station. There was a commuter with a Buick sedan who always backed into his spot. Somehow, we found my Olds key fit his Buick, so we started up his car and turned it around to face head-in. Of course we were long gone by the time he got off the train. I’ve always wondered what he thought that day!
For those wanting to see an Ro 80 in motion, there’s a 2017 German TV series on Netflix called The Same Sky, where an undercover Stasi agent operating in West Berlin in the 70’s drives one.
Saw that, an excellent show !
“Just Your Typical Bay Area Car Show”, and one I’d go to in a heart beat
No Mustangs, Camaros or tri-five Chevys? Count me in!
Apologies to those who own such cars, but…..
I’ve seen an Ro80 exactly once at an antique car show at the CNE in the late ‘90’s. Definitely ahead of their time in styling…too bad the same couldn’t be said about their engines.
Such a beautiful car. Having one is almost beyond comprehension.
I don’t think I came across an Ro80 over the years, but this Spider showed up at the Orphan show a few years ago.
Mike OC OZ
The NSU RO 80 was a beautiful car way ahead of its time, unfortunately they did not solve the apex seals problem before launching.
The other NSU air cooled engines were also ahead of their time. the TT and TTs is still being raced in Holland and Germany.
I still have a Prinz 4 and 2 1200 tt cars one of which i drive regularly.
Oh man I’m old if that Civic is a classic. I like thinking I could still buy one of those cheaply, they were great cars. My parents had one like this, hearing aid tan, total stripper. It was a hoot to drive, the manual was perfect, and I loved learning to drive non power steering. My Dad used it as a commuter car for a while, but eventually felt it wasn’t safe enough and got an 09 Fit to replace it. That was also a great car, still plugging away in Boise as my brothers ride.