1974 NSU RO80 CONVERTIBLE. ONLY 2 BUILT. RX7 ROTARY ENGINE. AMAZING RARE CAR. £12,995.
This amazing NSU RO80 was first registered as a standard RO80 4 door saloon in January 1974. In 1990 Simon Kremer who ran RO80 specialists Rotechniks decided he wanted to build himself a convertible conversion of the car for himself and successfully did so. He showed the completed to car to the chairman of the UK RO80 owners club Ashley Turner and he was so impressed with the style and quality of the build that he commissioned Rotechnics to build another one for him to own. The cost to Ashley in 1991 for the conversion was over £9000 which was then a huge sum to convert a car. The car for sale here is the very car that Rotechniks built for Ashley Turner. The donor car when converted was stripped to a bare metal shell and had 12 inches removed from behind the front doors along with the roof before being heavily strengthened to retain the rigidity. The car was then cleverly re-paneled as a 2 door. There was a lot more to the conversion and the details can be found in the history file along with a photographic history of the conversion. The car was painted in a beautiful metallic Beige colour and then treated to a thorough anti rust treatment. The original but somewhat troublesome NSU wankel engine was replaced with a later and superior Mazda RX7 Rotary engine at the same time but retained the NSU semi automatic manual gearbox. At the end of the build the car was driven from the workshop to the International RO80 meeting in Denmark where it was awarded the best car in show award. It was given the fantastic number plate of XRO 230 and has since covered only 23,000 miles in 28 years. The current owner has had the car in his collection for about 3 years and has had the car mechanically checked and tuned with a recent service, new battery and a carb rebuild/tune. The car is road tax and MOT exempt but has a current MOT. It drives very well and is ready to enjoy.