Jun 2, 2013


NSU / GERMANY   ( 1905 - 1977)

The NSU Motor Company ( NECKARSULMER Fahrzeugwerke AG ) started car production in Heilbronn / Germany  in 1905. In 1905  NSU had begun to build the excellent vehicles of the Belgian brand PIPE under license. From there they also took over the characteristic radiator design.
But they got famous for their motorcycles. In 1955 NSU became the biggest motor cycle producer in the world. In 1964 NSU introduced the first automobile with rotary engine. Car production ceased in 1977. 

These early NSU vehicles had an oval emblem:

contemporary photo of a NSU from 1905 to 1911 ( with oval emblem )

NSU radiator emblem badge vintage prewar
NSU radiator emblem
This should be the fist enameled NSU radiator emblem. It is from 1912 /  1913, a few years after NSU started the car production. Very hard to find. There is a BRITISH repro that has a flat backside, the original is not flat !

6.7 cm x 4.0
Year1912 - 1914

1912 / 1913 NSU still with PIPE radiator but showing the new emblem


1913 advertisment showing the emblem

1924 NSU exposition in Berlin / Germany

 8.0 cm x 7.0 cm
Year1925 - 1927

1925 vee-shaped radiator

NSU / Germany prewar emblem

In 1929 FIAT  bought the NSU autodivision and from this day on  the prewar NSU and  FIAT emblems were made in the same style as you can see in the next pictures.

Dimension 5.8 cm x 5.8 cm
Year1931 - 1932

1931 advertisment showing the new emblem:

FIAT (ITALY) and NSU (GERMANY) of the same year: 1932

For more car and truck emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).
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