NSU 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ (2+2a-2d) 💙
(1972, NSU 1000 C ... The short story – extracts: NSU originated as the “Mechanische Werkstatte zur Herstellung von Strickmaschinen”, a kitting machine manufacturer established in 1873 in Riedlingen, Germany. NSU relocated in 1880 to Neckarsulm, where the river Sulm flows into the Neckar.
The name “NSU” is derived from the original name of “Naeh-und-Strick Union” which means “Sewing (Naehen) and Knitting (Stricken) Union”, not as one might conclude from the river “Sulm” that flows into the river “Neckar”. Due to rapid growth, NSU began (in 1886) to produce bicycles, the first of them branded as the “Germania”, and by 1892, bicycle manufacturing had completely replaced knitting machine production. At about this time, the name NSU appeared as a brand name. The first NSU motorcycle appeared in 1901, followed by the first NSU car in 1905 ... and from then many great NSU cars were produced (though NSU was acquired by VW/Audi in 1969)👌
The NSU Prinz 1000 (the “Prinz” part being dropped in 1967 though) was one of them; introduced in 1963 ... based on the Prinz 4. The overall length grew by 353 mm to 3793 mm and the wheelbase grew from 2040 mm to 2250 mm.
To mention some of the design stylings: The blunt nose was characterized by big oval headlight lenses (the one in my photo series do not have the oval lights though, but the quad, round, sealed-beam headlights), a chromed strip and a slim chrome bumper. The car’s flanks received grilles for the cooling air intake on the left and exhaust on the right. Rear end showed two triplets of tail light lenses. These lenses were sometimes referred to as jelly jars owing to their shape and colors 🥫🥫🥫
The greenhouse continued to use very thin pillars. The tapered C-pillar was now slightly more slanted than in the Prinz 4. The rear edge of the roof kept that slight overhang of the Corvair (the Chevrolet Corvair stood model for the NSU 1000 C). Some have said, that Claus Luthe (NSU 1000 designer) took the Chevrolet Corvair to the laundry and returned with a clean but shrunk versions of it😅
Disclaimer: I do not know the owner, so I can’t guarantee “originality” of the car)