In 1931 after the last of the 7/34PS model rolled out of the NSU factory, the management decided to stop manufacturing cars. The WWII also took a toll as some of their plants got destroyed and production was bare minimal.
So after a long lull of 24 years, finally in 1955 the NSU management took the decision to make a car. They wanted to counter the popularity of the Goggomobil and therefore decided to make a small car. Also due to bad economy the public were looking for cheaper alternatives. So they decided to use the motorcycle engine block of their own NSU Max.
A small sum was allocated to build a factory to make this car. After 2 years the first car rolled out on time for the Frankfurt Automotive Show in 1957. That car was the Prinz I which carried a 580 cc twin-cylinder, 4-stroke 20 HP engine and having NSU’s patented ‘Ultramax’ camshaft* that was used in NSU made motorcycles including the NSU Max and SuperMax. The interior was kept more spacious than the BMW made Isetta and Heinkel’s Trojan and the Messerschmitt’s KR200.
*A unique cam-drive system consisting of two reciprocating connecting rods driven by eccentrics on a reduction gear, and driving eccentrics on the end of the camshaft.
As the Prinz I had a noisy engine, further development was carried out and a 23 HP car called the Prinz II was rolled out. An export version with a higher 30 HP power output engine was named as the Prinz 30E (E for export).
This car could travel at a top speed of 120 km/hr and was the fastest microcar during those days. For 2 years they were produced and exported.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|- Only 1000 pieces produced|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Color||Blue / White|