NSU man Buckley admits defeat

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Author: Martin BuckleyPublished:

One of the great banes of my existence is a huge cache of NSU R080 parts that I neither feel I can throw into a skip nor make use of, even if I live to be 120.

The hoard includes dozens of rear lights, body panels, trim, instrument glass, headlights – loads of headlights – and lots, lots more. Much of it is made up of curious abstract pieces I truly couldn’t identify.

I’m pretty certain that very few of the parts fit anything else. All great stuff, but not much of it seems to be of use to me at the present time and I rarely find anything I actually need – such as, say, centre caps for the alloy wheels on my orange car (below). I don’t even seem to be able to give them away, but I do need sift out this lot somehow.

I look at the pile and I get visions of my own mortality... my children being left with the task of chucking it all away, wondering: ‘Why did the silly old goat hang on to this lot?’

That would be a fair point to make. Does anyone care about these cars any longer? If my hoard of parts were for all almost anything else, I can’t help thinking I’d have people queuing around the block wanting to buy them.

But because they’re not Beetle-related or from some silly surfer bus or a Porsche, I feel I might as well be creating a museum of scrap, carting around boxes of things nobody will ever need for years.

I’ve made one upstairs room a dedicated NSU shrine, with various bits hanging precariously off the plasterboard walls on nails. Sneeze, and the whole lot might come down.

Anyway, some of it needs to go and I will literally GIVE anyone who turns up with a van the stuff I don’t want. Don’t all rush forward at once.

Comments

julianem

Yes that sense of impending mortality is a kicker isn't it. It seems a pity there isn't a worthy museum for all this stuff. Or maybe there is - your garage.

I have a Mustang in a lock up and it worries me to go there and confront it. I hide under the duvet.

JM

guz

A mate of mine has recently picked one up and would be interested in anything going spare..
I think he intends to keep his standard and eventually run it on LPG.

g

Harold

Don't despair Mr Buckley, plenty of people still love the RO, and its time in the sun will surely come soon.

Minesapint

I think there is a lot of people out there with hoards of car parts stashed away that may never see the light of day again because a)nobody wants them b)owners forget they've got them c)owners can't identify them. Somebody somewhere will be greatful for your stash Martin. Trouble is, a lot of car enthusiasts don't seem keen on storing spare parts, even if they're free/hard to obtain! People seem happy to pay-through-the-nose and buy parts from a specialist when they need them. Now, such a prospect would fill you with horror would it not Mr B? Me too! The opening of the Buckley wallet is an occassion that sometimes makes the local TV news, such is the rarity! And now, offering to give parts away f..f..f..free?

phew. glad I was sitting down when I read that.

morrgan

This looks pretty much like some parts of my garage, I don't know what I would do without all the stuff there. I learn some good mechanic tricks from my father and that helped me a lot to keep my cars in good shape. Now I am thinking about one of those class b Motorhomes, getting one of those will most definitely improve mobility and we've made plans for it for good while.

mairap

So many sites I read focus on large businesses and market trends what they are doing correctly or incorrectly but find this one more interesting and full of information.Thanks for sharing.

adrianglock

That's plenty of parts to dispose. The headlights are very old school can't even fit those with led headlight bulbs, I think those should be phased out.

klopjid

Yes, try as I might, I have to concede that the originally April Yellow car will probably look best if it is returned to its former glory. Now all I need to do is choose which bit of yellow on the car is the right one…!
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