Monday, 18 November 2013

NSU TT

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



Want a rear-engined classic, but can't stretch to a 911? Feel that the Beetle or Renault 8 are a bit obvious? Want more luggage space than you'd find in a Hillman Imp? Eliminated anything Eastern Bloc with a Skoda or Tatra badge? My, you're demanding. Have you considered an NSU TT...?
Based on the new-for-1961 NSU Prinz 4, which borrowed heavily from the Chevrolet Corvair both in terms of styling and layout (but downsized everything to European proportions, with an aircooled twin in the boot), the TT models were slightly bigger and available in 1000TT, 1200TT and TTS variants. As you can see, they wear their motorsport credentials proudly, despite fundamentally being sensible, frugal family cars. And just look at that obscene tyre/arch interface! Light, fun, simple, and evidently a bit naughty. It's the thinking man's Beetle, or something.
SuckSqueezeBangBlow spotted this '71 TT in the car park at the Goodwood Revival (more photos here); it has a full feature in the current Retro Cars magazine.






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