NSU Prinz I to III

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NSU Prinz I to III

1958 - 1961
Two Cylinder Air Cooled (rear)
583 cc
up to 30 bhp
Ultramax cam drive
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NSU Prinz I to III
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In 1955, the NSU engineering department was instructed to build a new small car. Reportedly some seven and a half million marks were borrowed to build an entirely new plant for the project.

Two years later, the new model was revealed to the public at the 1957 Frankfurt Auto Show. Its attractive body carried a 583cc twin-cylinder 4-stroke motor which featured the technically interesting Ultramax cam-drive using eccentrics and rods.

Production began in March 1958, and in 1959 came the Prinz II featuring better trim and an all-synchro box. A high performance 30E (export) version gave 30bhp!

The Prinz III arrived in October 1960 with a new stabilizer bar and the 30hp motor, making it one of the fastest small cars of its time-at 120 km/h. This attractive car was also technically well sorted out and built. It was succeeded in 1961 by the Corvair-like Prinz IV.

Volkswagen took over NSU, and then merged it with its Audi subsidiary to form Audi NSU Auto Union AG.

Our thanks to Gerard Pille for supplying the image shown left.

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The History of NSU (USA Edition)
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