Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with this captivating NSU Sport Prinz. This was a model that has been rarely seen outside of Europe, and how it made its way to North America should be a very interesting story unto itself. Alas, the seller does not tell such a tale, so all I can do is tell you about the car after the jump…
According to the Wikipedia Page, the NSU Sport Prinz was designed by Franco Scaglione at Bertone studios in Turin. First models had the air cooled 583 cc Prinz 30 straight-2 engine that produced 20 hp, backed bu an all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. A maximum speed of 75 mph was claimed at the time. Later versions acquired the 598 cc engine of the Prinz 4. Approximately 20,831 were manufactured between 1959 and 1967.
According to this listing:
1960 NSU SPORT PRINZ. UNUSUAL LITTLE COLLECTIBLE MICROCAR MADE IN GERMANY. THIS CAR HAS BEEN OFF THE ROAD AND IN STORAGE FOR MANY YEARS . IT DOES NOT RUN AND THE MECHANICAL CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN. WE ARE NOT HIGHLY FAMILIAR WITH THESE LITTLE CARS BUT, BY LOOKING AT IT, WE THINK IT IS FAIRLY COMPLETE AND PRETTY ORIGINAL. UNFORTUNATELY THE ONE THING WE DO NOT HAVE FOR IT IS THE KEY WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY LOST AND PLEASE NOTE THE WINDSCREEN IS CRACKED. THIS CAR IS SOLD AS IS, FOR RESTORATION ONLY. THE TRUE MILEAGE IS UNKNOWN.
From what I understand, the NSU engines were robust, with engine, gear box and final drive operating as a single chamber and all lubricated by means of oil, added through a filler in the rocker box cover. The top bid, as of this writing, is $2,025, with an unmet reserve. The Buy-it-Now price is $3,995, which is absurd in my opinion. Take a look at the listing here:1960 NSU SPORT PRINZ MICROCAR, and tell me what you think.