Lot 309 - 1971 NSU Prinz 4L
|Odometer reading||42,884 miles|
|Estimate||£3,000 - £4,500|
|Result||Sold - £4,318|
The NSU Prinz was built from 1957 to 1973 in West Germany. One of the revelations of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1961, the Prinz 4 replaced the original model. Like the original Prinz, it was powered by a two-cylinder air-cooled engine in the rear and continued to be a well-engineered car although it was much improved. The engine carried on the tradition of the eccentric rod driven camshaft inherited from NSU motorcycle engines and interestingly had a dynastart (combined starter/generator) built into the crankcase. In 1968, Britain's Autocar road tested a Super Prinz, having previously tested a Prinz 4 in 1962, and commented on how little the car had changed in the intervening six years. At that time, the UK car market was heavily protected by tariffs and the Prinz's UK manufacturer's recommended retail price was £597; at the time a new 850cc Mini was £561. The roadtesters concluded in their report that the NSU was competitively priced in its class and performed adequately. They opined, cautiously, that it offered 'no more than the rest' but neither did it 'lack anything important'.
This NSU 4 was first registered on 2nd July 1971 and has been the subject of a restoration project. Finished in orange with black trim, this rare NSU presents in very good order throughout; the engine starts at the first request and runs well. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 13th July 2013, this quirky piece of German engineering is easy to look after and maintain.
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