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NSU was founded in 1873 near Heilbronn ( Germany ) in a town named Neckarsulm. Therefore the name NSU stands for NeckarSUlm. The first years knitting machines were produced and soon when the bycicle marked started to boom NSU joined the uncounted number of bike manufacturers. Developed from bikes the first motorbikes came up around 1900. Mopedwise the first contribution was the Motosulm, a 60cc front engine "Motorfahrrad" which in the late 1920ies soon became famous being the cheapest 2 wheeler with a motor on it.
Albert Roder the genious engineer of pre war racing bikes developed soon after WW2 a range of new design motorbikes like NSU FOX LUX, MAX and as a Moped the NSU Quickly. The production numbers of this small bike ( 1000 a day ) made it possible for NSU to become the biggest motorbike manufacturer in the world by 1955.
So it was no wonder that The NSU Quickly became - with 1,5 Million built units - the worlds most successful 2 stroke moped ever.
The NSU Quickly Moped was built in several versions:
It started 2nd half of 1953 as a 33kgs light Moped, - one of the first vehicles ever named MoPed ( Motor and Pedals ) sonn introduced in the market after the 1953 IFMA exhibition. By german law it had to be Bicycle like: 50cc, 40kph, large wheels and a max weight of 33kgs were needed to match the new MOPED formula. Several models made the Quickly heavier and heavier, rear suspension, smaller wheels and even a 3 gears box were presented. In the late 1960ies the time was ove for the Quickly: NSU needed capacities for their cars and stopped the last motorbike built in 1968 with the 1,5 Mio.th NSU Quickly.
The picture below shows an original NSU Quickly N, built 1953.One of the first ever built in original condition.