The NSU RO 80 was a
technologically advanced, large sedan-type automobile
produced by the German firm NSU from 1967–1977 with
a production of 37,204 vehicles. Most notable was the powertrain: 113 bhp, 995 cc twin rotor Wankel engine
driving the front wheels through a semi-automatic
transmission employing an innovative vacuum system. It
was voted Car of the Year in 1968 by European automotive
The styling by Claus Luthe, who was head of design at NSU
and later BMW, was considered very modern at the time and
still holds up well; the Ro 80 has been part of many
gallery exhibits of modern industrial design.
Surviving NSU’s are now considered highly prized classic
cars with values to match.