NSU Prinz

NSU Prinz

Specs Mentioned:

Make/ Model – NSU Prinz (1960)

Engine – Spark-engine 4-stroke gasoline

Power – 25hp @ 4600rpm

Top Speed – 65mph

0.60mph – 27.7 secs


NSU had a long history of manufacturing automobiles that dated back to 1906, with the company name derived from the West Germany town, Neckarsulm, where the factory was located. The company was founded in 1873 when it started producing pedal cars, then motorcycles. Up until 1969, when it was purchased by Volkswagen, which then merged it with Auto Union to create the modern-day Audi, NSU built more than two-million air-cooled engines for its unique line of small cars.

Having built a solid reputation for dependability, NSU introduced the Prinz in 1957, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, accompanied by the slogan: “Fahre Prinz und du bist König” (Drive a Prince and you’re a King). Initially, its all-aluminum single overhead-camshaft engines displaced just 583 cc, or 35.6 cubic inches, and made a meager 20 horsepower, but the factory quickly revised the car with an extra 10 horsepower for the updated Prinz II of 1959.