1969 NSU 1200
Year of manufacture1969
1969 NSU 1200C Saloon
Chassis no. 3770460675
First introduced in late 1966 as the 110 S/SC, the NSU 1200C represents the final flowering of the German manufacturer's immensely successful Prinz family of small saloon cars. With the launch of the Prinz in 1957 NSU had re-established itself as a car manufacturer in its own right after a break of 28 years. A mini-car constructed along typically Continental lines, the Prinz was rear engined and equipped with all-independent suspension. Designed by Albert Roder, the air-cooled, overhead-cam, twin-cylinder engine displaced 583cc and developed 23bhp in the Prinz I, while later models had a more powerful (30bhp) 598cc unit. Introduced in 1961, the Prinz 4 was built on a longer wheelbase and was the first to feature the distinctive 'bathtub' body style most readily associated with the model. The 30bhp engine and an all synchromesh gearbox were standard, and in this form the Prinz was good for over 110km/h.
The next major development was the adoption for 1964 of a 996cc four-cylinder overhead-camshaft engine for the longer wheelbase Prinz 1000 (NSU 1000 from 1967). This new engine was subsequently enlarged, first to 1,085cc for the Prinz 1000TT in 1965 and then to 1,177cc in 1966 for the further stretched but still recognisably Prinz-like Typ 110 S/SC (NSU 1200C from 1967). By the time Prinz production ceased in 1973, 167,660 of the 1200 model had been made out of a total production of almost 1.25 million of these charismatic little cars.
According to the accompanying illustrated condition report, this NSU 1200C shows normal signs of ageing, with no rust and no restoration necessary, and is ready to be driven without restrictions. Always kept garaged and well maintained, this car is owned by a German-Irish professor who has had no time to drive it, hence his decision to sell. Offered with German Kraftfahrzeugbrief.