1966 NSU Prinz 1000

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If NSU isn’t the most recognizable name to you in German car history, you’re not alone. Few remember one of the more creative producers of cars and motorcycles out of Germany, notably, NSU developed the first Wankel rotary engines, pioneered small car designs, and notably developed the first real aerodynamic family sedan in the often praised Ro80. Additionally, the Prinz-based TT and TTS would offer a practical and very sporty package to the masses in Germany; sound familiar, Mr. 02? Imported in small numbers, there are still a few examples floating around, though show up at most shows and you’ll leave many scratching their heads. Today there is a beautiful example of one of the less-celebrated models available, a pristine Prinz 1000:

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Year: 1966
Model: Prinz 1000
Engine: 1.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 61,000 mi
Price: $20,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1966 NSU Prinz 1000 on Audifans.com

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You are bidding on an absolutely unique 1966 NSU Prinz 1000 with a four synchronized speed transmission. It was repaired, customized and updated in 2009. It was stored until October 2012 when it was registered and driving it since, taking it out only in nice weather. The engine is standard 998 cc but with a TTS camshaft, manifold and Solex carburetors. TT Oil cooler. It is also updated with a Bosch 65 Amp alternator, Bosch Solid state ignition, remote oil filter, oil thermostat and oil temperature gauge. Priming electric fuel pump. Custom header. The compression ratio is standard 1:7.5 allowing the use of regular gasoline. The car is extremely desirable, people are taking pictures of it every where I go. However, I do not claim the car is perfect and the buyer should have expectation of typical minor blisters, chips and small scratches. Seller makes no guarantee, or warranty expressed or implied of this car, it will be sold “as is”. The buyer is responsible for all shipping charges. Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have or call : 954-296-1374.

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If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the BMW crowd and a trick piece of German history, look no further. This car has been resto-modded for better performance without sacrificing the outward originality of the package. The TT and TTS components are both desirable and rare. With lots of work completed, there are certain to be many less headaches than your normal NSU acquisition would entail. Some people really like standing out from the crowd, and what better way is there to do that than with a small red rear-engined German oddity? With microcars all the rage, this car seems well and competitively priced compared to clean 2002s and is a bargain compared to what an kind of Isetta you’d end up with. When it comes to NSUs in the U.S., they don’t get much better than the condition of this car.

-Carter

2005 Audi HPA TT 550

When you think of great tuning companies for German cars, most of them reside in the motherland – AMG (pre-Daimler takeover), Alpina, AC Schnitzer, Abt, Ruf, and Techart. Over the past two decades, a few U.S. based tuners have raised their game to match some of the German offerings, such as Dinan, Turner, Active Autowerke and Renntech. But around 2004, a new kid popped into the tuning scene in a major way, and he was from Canada. HPA stunned the tuning world at SEMA in that year with its twin-turbo R32, a car that would go on to be featured and much loved in Gran Turismo 4. What was so shocking? How about 450 horsepower, 0-60 in under 4 seconds, and a sticker price of $80,000. Car and Driver proclaimed the conversion was good enough to look like it came from the factory. HPA has since gained notoriety for building some monstrously powerful Volkswagen and Audi products, but because they’re not in the Ivy League of tuners and are somewhat obscure, you can get some pretty outlandish performance for not much money. Today’s HPA TT 550 is a good example of this performance bargain:

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Year: 2005
Model: TT
Engine: 3.2 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 49,500 mi
Price: $22,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi HPA TT 550 on Quattroworld

Relocating across the country and ready to let the car go. Need it happen in three weeks so it’s priced at 22k. For a 550hp, 550lbft, 4 wheel drive german coupe that does not have any issues what so ever, it’s a steal. Car is a beast and absolutely solid. Please contact me ONLY if you are serious and have the funds. See below for detailed specs. For current photos, and video follow the link provided here and click on the album:

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Car Specifications:

Base Car: 2005 Audi TT 3.2L V6.
Exterior / Interior: Lake silver / Black
Current mileage: 49,500
Overall exterior condition: 9/10
Overall interior condition: 9/10

Performance Figures:
HPA Custom FT-550
540hp @5700rpm
560 ft-lbs torque @3500rpm

Engine specs:
8.5:1 Compression Ratio
KKK K04 ball bearing turbos
1.2 bar Boost
Race Grade Connecting Rod Bearings
Cast aluminum short runner intake manifold
Dual air-to-air side mount Competition intercoolers
HPA Proprietary silicone boost plumbing
High flow fuel supply system

Exhaust:
Twin 60mm Downpipes
Stainless Steel 88mm exhaust with dual bypass valves

6-speed transmission:
OEM R32 O2M 6spd gearbox with:
Lengthened Ring and Pinion
Hardened 3 through 6th gear set
Peloquin Pos Differential and Bolt kit
Spec Stage3R based clutch and Flywheel

Quattro AWD Drivetrain:
Orange Haldex Sport Controller

Sport Suspension:
KW Variant 2 coilover suspension
H&R Rear Anti-swaybar
Defcon 1 front control arm stiffening kit

Brakes:
Alcon 4-piston calipers with 14″ Stasis rotors
12″ Stasis rear rotors

Interior:
Stable Energy roll cage
Recaro Pole Position leather racing seats
Custom Sliders
Euro RS4 Steering wheel
Digital boost pressure, voltage meters

Maintenance & Upgrade History:
Before 18,000 all maintenances were performed per Audi’s recommended schedule at the dealership where the car was purchased new in Normal Bloomington, IL.

@ 18,000 miles
1. Engine oil changed (Castrol 5W-50)
2. Brake fluid changed (Motul RBF600)
3. Fuel filter
4. New plugs
5. New MAF sensor
6. HPA FT 400

@ 20,000 mile:
1. DSG Transmission oil changed (OEM) / 6qt( 5.5L ) / from ECS tuning
2. Haldex Oil changed (OEM) /

@21,000 miles
1. Motor Oil changed (Castrol 5W-50) / 6 qt(5.5L) / from Advanced autoparts
2. Rear differential Oil changed (Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1 qt / from AMSOIL
3. Intake air filter (Absolute Efficiency Air Filter, EAA208) / from AMSOIL
4. Cabin filter (WIX 24822 Cabin Air Filter) / from AMSOIL

@23,200
1. New MAF sensor

@24,000
1. New engine oil
2. Front differential oil changed – Synthetic Man. Trans. & Transaxle Gear Lube (75W-90) API GL-4 ) / 1.5 qt / from AMSOIL

@30,000 (everything performed at HPA)
1.Conversion: Twin turbo, DSG (Clutch pack, Mechatronics), custom full exhaust. Done at HPA
2. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40)
3. Haldex oil
4. Water pump
5. DSG oil
6. Thermostat
7. Power steering fluid
8. Coolant
9. Spark Plugs
10. Fuel filter
11. New suspension (KW V2)
12. Strut bearing, strut mount
13. See main specs above for details

@32,800 on August 11, 2008
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts

@36,000 on April 3rd, 2009
1. Engine oil (Mobile 1 0W-40), 5.5 quarts
2. DSG oil (OEM) 5.5 quarts
3. Engine oil temp sender, gauge
4. DSG oil temp sender, gauge
5. O2 sensor (Bank 2, sensor 1)
6. Driver side front CV boot (8N0498201D)

@37,750 on August 9th, 2009
1. Haldex oil and filter change
2. Break Fluid change
3. Fuel level sender cleaning
4. New brake pad: all 4 corners

@39,000 miles on Oct. 18th, 2009
1. Engine oil change (Mobile 1 0W-40)

@40,000 miles
1. 6-speed manual conversion
2. Exhaust upgrade (resonator removal)
3. Turbo rebuild
4. Engine side plate seal
5. Transmission main seal, release bearing

@42,600 miles on Mar. 19, 2011
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L

@45,000 miles on Apr. 1, 2012
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 6L

@47,000 miles on Dec. 5, 2012
1. New MAF sensor

@48,500 miles on April 20th, 2013
1. Engine oil: Mobile 1 0W-40 5.5L
2. New serpentine belt
3. New belt tensioner
4. New post-cat O2 sensors

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No, you’re not reading the advertisement incorrectly. That’s 540 horsepower. Want an R8 V10 but $100,000 shy of the asking price for a used one? Here’s your car. The performance produced by these cars is simply staggering, and the ask price for the car is only about half of what the price of the twin turbo conversion runs. At $22,000, this car sure looks like a ton of performance for the money. Without a doubt, that performance comes at a price – it’s not very surprising that the first DSG transmission only lasted 10,000 miles. Still, though, with a 6 speed conversion, some inviting looking Recaros, and enough torque to light up all 4 sticky tires, it’s not surprising this car has gotten some use. I would expect some large repair bills looming in the not-too-distant future. I’m not a huge fan of either the RS6 wheels or the headlight treatment on this car, but both of those are pretty easily remedied. Throw the OEM lights back in and a set of BBS LMs on there and call it a day!

Would I buy this car? Well, that’s a very interesting question. There was point when the early Callaway and Dinan turbo cars weren’t worth much more than a stock car; but over the past few years appreciation for them has grown and good examples now command a premium. Go back and look at those cars, and the fit and finish of the twin turbo conversion on this car is significantly better. Those cars also required some serious maintenance to go along with their raised performance. Will the future hold a similar fate for the HPA cars? Only time will tell and it may be an expensive journey. But you may get in on the bottom floor of one of the best kept performance secrets out there, and you’d be on the express elevator for sure.

-Carter

1998 Porsche 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion

Last week, we reviewed a beautiful white 1998 993 Twin Turbo converted to Ruf Turbo R specifications. They say lightning never strikes twice, but Ruf has never been one to listen to convention or limitations. Surely the most elite of the German tuners, Ruf automobiles demand a premium over their already expensive Porsche cousins. However, there is a difference in the market between a car with an original Ruf build certificate and one that has been converted by the owner. This example looks cracking in silver, and like the white car is not an original Ruf car but a converted example.

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Year: 1998
Model: 911 Turbo (993)
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6 Twin Turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 75,704 miles
Price: $74,888 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 911 Turbo Ruf Conversion on eBay

1998 Porsche 993 Twin Turbo Ruf, rare Ruf conversion with rear-wheel drive. Twin-turbo 3.6 motor, 6-speed manual transmission. Absolutely stunning! Over $60,000 invested, including –

Fresh 3.6 twin turbo w performance tuning
Rear-wheel drive conversion
Ruf front & rear bumpers (originals, not replicas)
Ruf 19″ wheels in Hypersilver
Ruf sport leather steering wheel (new)
Ruf gear shift (new)
Ruf floor mats
Ruf badging
Turbo “S” exhaust tips
Turbo “S” rear wing
Sports hardback seats
Muffler delete
Billstein PSS9 adjustable coilover suspension
Strut tower brace in carbon fiber
Upgraded sound system

We have receipts for the engine work done (over $30,000)

Condition –

Recent PPI done last month by Powertech in NJ (see attached report)
Perfect compression and no leaks
Excellent concours condition
Accident free
All books and manuals
Exterior is free of any scratches or rock chips
Runs and drives great
Driver seat has wear as expected (see pics)
Everything works as expected
Cold air conditioning
Clean Autocheck
Wheels are free of any curbing
Tires have over 50% tread

About us –

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While a “normal” 993 Twin Turbo will set you back around $60,000 to $70,000, the white lighting we showed last week was asking $110,000 despite not being an original Ruf. That’s a serious amount of “extra” over the standard car – so much so, that you could nearly buy two! However, the most valuable aspect of the Ruf cars is, and has always been, the motors they have developed. Unlike the white car, this silver example does not appear to have the valuable motor swap, but does sport the same suspension and body kit, along with a grab to the Porsche parts bag for the Turbo S rear wing. In comparison to the white car, then, this car is more of a replica without the motor.

For $35,000 dollars less, I feel like I could live with a few less horsepower, especially without the benefit of the all wheel drive saving me when I dipped a little too far into the loud pedal. Additionally, I think the silver flies (literally) a little lower on the radar, and I can’t express enough how glad I am that those beautiful Ruf alloys aren’t black. Sure, it has more miles on the clock, but it looks to be in just about perfect condition and without the more expensive motor, it’ll set you back less at the next servicing. To me, this is a slightly better value than the white car, with a price closer to the high end of the standard 993 TT market but with some nice looking upgrades. Without either being actual Ruf cars, I’d drive the silver one comfortable in both the fact that I had a fantastic looking, exceptionally fast car and $35,000 in the bank to help pay the bills.

-Carter

2001 Audi TT Convertible

In my opinion, the Audi TT is a misunderstood car. Many people pass over considering it as an option because it’s just not sporty enough. Well, the truth of the matter is that the TT just isn’t a sports car. If you can get that out of your mind, though, there are a lot of things to appreciate about the TT. It was uniquely styled, perhaps not to the liking of everyone, but it certainly does get attention. Aside from looking the part, the TT offered a reasonable practicality. It’s all about perception – if you think of this car as a turbocharged, all wheel drive convertible Golf in a great looking body, it makes a bit more sense. The recipe for what would become the TT was what most of the Volkswagen and Audi crowd would have wanted in a new car for a long time; but when they launched, the reception was lukewarm from most enthusiasts. That’s resulted in lower values than some of the other German convertibles, but opens some opportunity to get into a fun, good looking, quick and practical convertible, such as this TT for sale on eBay now:

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Year: 2001
Model: TT
Engine: 1.8 liter 20V turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 miles
Price: $11,000 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT Convertible on eBay

2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster 2D Convertible 1.8 Turbo All-Wheel drive. 4-Cyl, manual 6-speed transmission, 225hp leather racing steering wheel, gray with baseball stitch leather seats, black power automatic folding top, 6 disc CD player, Heated seats, alarm system, airbags Low mileage at 69,000 miles, new tires and breaks, 20-26 mpg

This car is so FUN. This TT has baseball leather stitching and is fully loaded! It has a new clutch and has been well maintained. It zips through LA traffic and purrs up PCH. All the functions on the car work perfectly. The convertible top is in great condition. There is a small tare in the leather but that is it. Good brakes and good tires.

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Let’s be frank – when you put the top down on a car, your hair blows around regardless of whether you spend $100,000 or $10,000. No one will ever accuse the Audi TT of being the best at anything, but it’s very good at quite a few things. It can be used as a commuter, gets reasonable fuel mileage, won’t break the bank to maintain, looks pretty cool, goes very quickly when you want it to, and has all wheel drive that renders it more useful in inclement weather. This particular TT looks quite pretty in Nimbus Grey with the Baseball Glove Leather option, and the polished “Fat Five” wheels are my favorite look on the TT. The 6-speed manuals suit the car well and are fun to drive, and it even makes a pretty good noise when you wind it out.

Maybe it’s not everyone’s dream car, but at $11,000 dollars, I think you can have a useable and enjoyable weekender, and most people would be very surprised when you told them how little you spent for so much style. Don’t repair the seat yet – get your money’s worth of solar radiation with the top down, and keep your eye out for someone parting one down the road to grab the seat bottom. I feel that in the not-so-distant future, more people will appreciate the unique looking TT, and it seems to be aging much more gracefully than the Z3 or SLK.

-Carter

1991 Jetta GLI w/ TT 3.2L swap

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Mk1 and Mk2 Jettas are sharp cars, and the ease of finding and modifying them makes them a great proposition for motivated German enthusiasts. I’ll get it out of the way early that air suspension and a vastly upgraded engine seem like contradictions to me, but today’s GLI has been done well and thoroughly with an eye towards the VeeDub show scene. Highlighting the parts-bin accessibility of VAG, this Jetta has a TT heart, Golf Rallye headlights, G60 flares and Mk3 suspension and brakes. A conventional suspension would raise the desirability factor for me, along with a lower price. The seller has totalled up all of his receipts to price the car, which we know is a common mistake with modifiers.

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Year: 1991
Model: Jetta GLI
Engine: Audi TT 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 59k mi engine, 115k mi body
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Jetta for sale on eBay

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1991 VW Jetta original GLI
Fully customized, VERY good condition
$22,500
[price based on physical items receipt total]
 Body Work:
• shaved banana lights
• shaved rear seams
• shaved turn signals
• shaved exhaust hole
• shaved rear tow hook
• shaved spoiler
• fully ‘shaved’engine bay
• painted engine [black]
 Custom paint — color: Black Cherry
 Flares:
• Front: G60 front flares: Front arches cut;
• Rear: G60 front flares; Rear arches cut and reseamed
 Smoked Hella taillights
 Blackened Golf Rallye headlights
 Audi TT 3.2L engine swap [59K miles on engine]
 Lugtronic stand-alone engine management/full custom wire-tuck
 Techtonics Tuning downpipe
 custom 3″ downpipe back exhaust
 Pusher style Slimline fans
 Black center Schmidt 3-piece modernlines: Front: 16 X 8; Rear: 16 X 9
 Kumho Ecsta 205/40/16 tires
 BagYard Supreme air-ride struts
• Two Vivair 400c compressors
• Eight Asco valves
• AVS 7 switchbox
• 5-gallon air tank airbrushed [riveted metal]
• Mason Tech Sumpsaver Skid Plate
 1998 MK3 5-lug suspension & brakes
 Original GLI Recaro interior
 114,593 miles on car body

Reason for selling: Moving on

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The seller is going to have to be generous with people clicking “Make an Offer” before it actually gets sold, as I see his price as at least 25% too high. I’m sure the TT engine, suspension, work, etc. all cost a pretty penny, and the car appears to be very nice, but no one is going to buy a Mk2 VW Jetta for $22.5k. If he adds up the parts and they really are worth that much, then maybe he should consider disassembly. In reality, he should accept a lower price and pass this nice VW project on to the next enthusiast.

-NR

Ultra Low-Mileage 2001 Audi TT

The 1998 release of the original Audi TT marks the second game-changing shift in the modern history of Audi. The first was obviously the advent of Quattro, and while four-wheel drive on normal cars changed the way every major automaker looked at traction, most Audis continued to be unassuming boxes that most of the world ignored. When the TT came out, it was unlike anything on the road. It referenced the Auto Union racers while taking sports coupe styling straight into the 21st century. With this progressive toy in their pocket, Audi was able to leap into the 2000s perceived as a cooler and classier car company than ever before.

Sure, cynics may choose to focus on similarities with the VW New Beetle (it rode on the same platform, after all), but while the Beetle will be smirked at forever, the TT will stand as remarkable design. Perhaps more notable than the styling is the fact that despite being 12 years old, this TT has covered fewer than 10k miles. Less than 800 miles per year! Combined with great choices like the 225hp turbo with quattro, blocky 5-spokes, and so-dull-it’s-awesome Aviator Gray. You’d be hard pressed to find another TT with fewer miles than its price.

Year: 2001
Model: TT
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline four
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 9,348
Price: $14,988

2001 Audi TT for sale in Marin, CA

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This 2001 Audi TT 2dr quattro AWD coupe features a 1.8L FI 20V Turbo 4 cylinder gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle is Denim Blue Pearl with an other leather interior. It is offered as-is, extended warranty is available. One owner driven locally, super clean, air conditioning, climate control, cruise control, power steering, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, clock, tachometer, tilt steering wheel, telescoping steering wheel, driver airbag, passenger airbag, side airbags, keyless entry, security system, ABS brakes, traction control, rear defogger, AM-FM, CD player, anti-theft, leather interior surfaces, heated mirrors

I’m not sure why they call it Denim Blue Pearl. Beyond that, this seems like an immaculate TT that has barely had a chance to have fun! $15k seems about right for a TT of this quality and freshness. If you fell in love when they came out but couldn’t afford one, now is the time.

-NR

1990 VW Corrado for sale

The Corrado is like an ex-girlfriend, the one where you romanticize the relationship and remember the great aspects, but if you try to rekindle that fire it always ends up more complicated and frustrating than seems worth it. The Corrado got amazing reviews when it came out, and is still a looker with plenty of fun factor, but it’s nearly impossible to find one that is even close to how it came off the showroom floor. They’re all either modified to the extreme or beat to hell. Perhaps, like the best ex-girlfriends, the really quality examples are tucked away and held onto with great vigor by their current boyfriends.

Today’s Corrado definitely leans towards the mod-racer end of the spectrum, but is actually looking pretty nice in the great Audi TT Aviator gray with a matching Audi 225hp 1.8T. The mod list grows and grows along the standard VW Group and aftermarket paths, but unfortunately this seller falls into the trap of keeping a little too close of tabs on his receipts. A claimed $45k invested and an $18k asking price make this ex-girlfriend, regardless of how many surgeries she’s undergone, too expensive for me.

1990 VW Corrado for sale on eBay


A litany of modifications demonstrating “the cost of build is endless”:

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind custom V Dub!!! Up for sale is a full custom Corrado from years in the making finally finished!! So where to start… Well almost 100% of the car has been replaced, restored, re finished, or just plain upgraded!! Paint job All custom done by Joe’s Collision Repair Center in Morrisville VT with Aviator special edition Audi paint TT and all paint receipts total up to more then $9800 which may not be all of them… Engine bay all filled and smoothed and customized… Show ready!. Engine wiring harness is hidden/tucked, Audi TT 225 HP AMU engine with around 34xxx miles $3700 used.

Here are some prices of some of what has been installed on the vehicle Kinetic Motorsport front mount inter cooler $240, Autotech front and rear cross drilled rotors and PBR ceramic pads and steel braided brake lines and upgraded front Girling 60 twin piston calipers and all calipers rebuilt and powder coated total brake set up $1250, BBM solid front motor mount, $50, Eurospec G60 flywheel and Sachs VR6 clutch kit $600, Autotech front sway bar $225, Urethane sway bar and control arm bushing kit $160, Remote reservoir coolant tank $120, Electric fans $150, Canadian Recaro power seats and interior $1000, Polished aluminum door sills $105, Carpet $150, Patec Holeshot Coilover suspension kit $850, MK2 gauge panel with boost and oil gauges $200, AWE bailey motorsports DV30 diverter valve $170, Techtonics cat back exhaust $774, Clear lenses $235, front lower lip spoiler $200, roto sub zero 16″ alloy wheels painted black used $400, 205-45-16 Bridgetone Potenza RE-11 tires $800, EMPI axles $600 and more.

Also installed on vehicle New Hela Eurospec headlights,Vehicle has new brake master cylinder, Hela Eurospec headlights, door handles, ball joints, strut top mounts, antenna base, wheel bearings, brake lines, blower resister, timing belt set up, oil catch can, hoses, headlights, new motor and transmission mounts, 034 efi stand alone fuel management, bushings, hood, bumpers, Canadian spec dash with lower panel, windshield, window control modules, close ratio power steering rack, brake booster, converter to non abs brakes, e-brake cables, tie rod ends, rack boots, nuts, bolts, clips, bushings, pulleys, GLX rear sub frame, washers, brackets, ECT…. have receipts from dealership for all new hardware ” pretty much ” , custom inter cooler piping, and down pipe, synthetic oil change, Vermont state inspection, aftermarket grill and Kamei eye brow, momo Italy competition steering wheel. Has glass sunroof installed in car, and also comes with custom painted to match vehicle sunroof panel that can be installed. Comes with JVC KD-HDR60 cd player head unit with USB port and satellite ready, infinity component speakers, kenwood powered sub and amp. Prices I listed are some of the higher priced receipts I have, but the receipts I have total up to over $22,000.00 and do not include any labor, momo wheel, stereo, grill, eye brow, headlights, 034 efi stand alone, custom tuning, and many many other parts and costs… So we are thinking around $45,000 invested and countless hours. As you can see the cost of build is endless…

I dig this Corraudi. I’ve always loved that TT gray, and the modifications are thorough. Unfortunately, it’s a great demonstration that tuner cars are no investment. Even if it’s taken $45k to get here (including labor), it’s hard to imagine any Corrado going for more than $15k. The bids appear to reflect this, as just 3 people have bid it up to $5,000 at time of writing. It’s fast, it’s nice, but don’t drop $45k into an old VW unless you plan on counting at least $30k of that as paid for by personal enjoyment.

-NR

1966 NSU 1000 TT

NSU Motorenwerke was a fascinating company before it was bought by Volkswagen in 1969 and merged with Auto Union to form the Audi brand. Even after the company was absorbed into the Volkswagen conglomerate, certain engineering feats lived on in various models, such as this Volkswagen K70 we featured last year. One of their greatest achievements was being first to market with a rotary engine in their Spider model in 1964. This engine lived on in the impossibly futuristic Ro80 sedan in 1967. While these engines had their teething troubles, these are legendary vehicles in their own right today.

Often glossed over is their smaller Prinz model, which was introduced in 1957 with an air cooled two cylinder engine mounted in the rear. This model paved the way to the NSU 1000, TT and TTS. A popular car on the racing circuit, these were tenacious little beasts that terrorized hill climbs and venues such as the notorious Nürburgring.

Here is a nice example of a 1000 TT for sale in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

1966 NSU 1000 TT for sale

Original racing classic, original engine, original color, original upholstery. We also have the original tires with hubcaps. Very difficult to get. Dashboard tachometer goes up to 8,000 rpm.

My father, while stationed in Europe in the late 1960s, used to participate and organize hillclimbs and rallyes in Southern Germany and Austria. He has told me on several occasions that these NSUs were formidable opponents for their time. I’m a personal fan of how such a diminutive little car can have an aggressive look, especially with that Abarth style rear hood cracked open.

Here’s a good video of some of these cars in action at the TT Cup at the Homburger Bergrennen in 2007.

-Paul