The tiny Prinz was the first NSU car produced after WW2, powered by a rear mounted air cooled vertical-twin engine. The 598cc engine had an overhead camshaft and produced 30 horsepower, driving through an all synchromesh four speed gearbox integral with the engine. A weight saving Dynostarter unit combined the functions of starter and dynamo in single unit. A fuel consumption of 50 mpg was claimed. Launched in Australia in 1956, few examples of the Prinz microcar were sold here despite enthusiastic road test comments (see below). German company NSU is better known for its motorcycles, but in fact produced cars from 1906. They also developed the rotary engine designed by Dr Felix Wankel - the first Wankel powered car was based on a Prinz - and the futuristic Ro80 rotary sedan. Due to financial problems caused by their rotary engine programme, NSU became part of Audi in 1969.
'Unique German engineering skill has produced an amazing little newcomer, the NSU Prinz, now being assembled in Australia and making its debut in Queensland. It is nippy through the gears, has sound road holding qualities at speeds up to 75mph and there is an absence of wind noise at high speed.' (Text and photo from a road test in the Brisbane Telegraph newspaper 8/11/1960)
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Accession number: D1-6-95
Is part of: The Garage: a photographic album of Queensland motoring. The Garage contains approximately 500 images of vehicles used in Queensland Australia, covering the period from 1900. The images are linked to an index of the State Library of Queensland's extensive collection of automotive repair manuals.
Is part of: Picture Queensland ~ State Library of Queensland : digital image collection ~ Garage: images of early Queensland cars and vehicles ~ The Garage
Former digital ID: picqld-citrix07--2005-04-21-15-51
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