Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Prinz of Darkness: 1958 NSU Sport Prinz Custom


The NSU Prinz was a little air cooled rear engine powered oddball that was built in West Germany from 1958 through 1962.  Even the sporty fastback Sport Prinz version wasn't particularly quick in any sporting competition, but this next example isn't your grandfather's Prinz.  Find this 1958 NSU Sport Prinz Custom here on eBay offered for $3,000 buy-it-now in Greeley, CO with 2 days to go.


The first thing that alerts the seller that this isn't an original condition Prinz is the fact that a 4.6 liter Pontiac V6 sits most of the way proud of the original hood.  The wrong kind of engine sits in the wrong spot making an oddly specific 532 horsepower, but it puts the car through the trap at 126 mph and 10.8 seconds in the 1/4 mile. 



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7 comments:

  1. That is a very cheap and cool way to go drag racing.

    What is the 4.6 v6 from? A Bonneville? That is a lot of hp from a 6

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  2. Take that power claim with a huge grain of salt!

    532hp from 4.6L is a specific output of 116hp/L. That would mean that liter-for-liter, cube-for-cube, this Poncho is putting out almost the same power as a Honda F20C (S2000) engine, which made 118.5hp/L with all the might of Honda's engine development group. The F20C was, at the time, the highest specific output production piston engine.

    Does a warmed-over pushrod Pontiac come close? Highly doubtful.

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    1. "The F20C was, at the time, the highest specific output production piston engine."

      That's because the Audi RS2 (143 hp/L) was long discontinued by the time the F20 came around.

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    2. The F20C was the highest output per liter for N/A engines. Comparing boosted to N/A is like comparing apples to apples in the way that a washington red can't hang with honeycrips. The F20C held that title until the Ferrari 458 came out if I'm not mistaken.

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    3. That's why I put the original satement "...production piston engine" in quotes. The RS2 did indeed have a production piston engine.

      But you're right, it's ridiculous comparing the two. With almost double the torque at less than half the rev's, the ADU utterly destroys the F20c.

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    4. Yeah, sorry - I should have specified I was comparing NA to NA. Assumed that was implied.

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    5. Mostly the point was caveat emptor, and don't trust everything this seller tries to sell ya.

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