1928 NSU 201-T 1Cylinder Side valve
Lot 76
c.1929 NSU 199cc 201T Frame no. 822402 Engine no. 116798
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,400 - 13,000

Lot Details
c.1929 NSU 199cc 201T
Frame no. 822402
Engine no. 116798
Yet another motorcycle manufacturer with its roots in the bicycle industry, NSU built its first powered two-wheeler in 1900. The firm had originally been founded in Neckarsulm, Germany by Christian Schmidt to manufacture knitting machines, its initials standing for Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union. Zédel proprietary engines were used initially but within a few years NSU was making its own power units and was one of the first manufacturers to fit two-speed transmission. Designed by its late founder's son, Karl Schmidt, the first all-NSU model of 1903 was powered by a 329cc engine rated at 2½hp and would turn out to be a huge success by the standards of the day, in excess of 2,000 being sold up to 1905. The marque established a strong presence in the UK market, ranking second only to Indian among imported makes prior to WWI. NSU recommenced motorcycle manufacture at the war's end, rapidly returning to full production. A wide range of four-stroke singles was produced during the 1920s as the old inlet-over-exhaust engines gradually gave way to a new line-up powered by sidevalve motors, commencing with the 251R of 1924, and belt final drive was superseded by chain. Several new models debuted in 1928, one of the most significant being the 251T. The latter was the forerunner of a range of broadly similar models including the 201T, which was introduced for the 1929 season. Total production of the 201T amounted to approximately 12,900 units between 1929 and 1932. This restored 201T is equipped with a Noris electric headlamp with integral ammeter.
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