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NSU SportPrinz
NSU SportPrinz
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling

Herpa adds another classic two-seat coupe to their big (171 models) Vintage Car series. The Sport Prinz, which NSU introduced in 1958, was called Cygnet. The silver-metallic Herpa model features many accessories and chromium plated parts.

NSU SportPrinz

NSU Motorenwerke AG was a German manufacturer of cars, motorcycles and pedal cycles, which was founded in 1873. It was acquired by Volkswagen Group in 1969. VW merged the company with Auto Union, to eventually evolve into Audi as it is known today.※ The first post war NSU car appeared in 1957 accompanied by the advertising slogan "Fahre Prinz und Du bist Koenig" ("Drive a Prince and you're a king").※ The Sport Prinz was built between 1959 and 1967 with approximately 20,831 manufactured. Initially the SportPrinz had the Prinz 30 straight-2 engine (583 cc), yet claimed a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Later, the Sport Prinz acquired the 598 cc engine of the Prinz 4.※

Prinz and SportPrinz were built under license or as unlicensed copies by the Soviet manufacturer ZAZ, PRETIS in the then Yugoslavia, and Argentina and Egypt.

Herpa NSU SportPrinz

Herpa’s release of this HO model of the NSU SportPrinz gives modelers of the 1960s and 1970s an important coupe. It is also available in N scale.

Your NSU SportPrinz is factory assembled. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps. A red Herpa label decorates the packaging. My model sample is skillfully molded and assembled without any blemishes or flaws. Doors, the hood, and the grille have recessed lines. The door handles are raised. The underside is a single piece with simple molded detail. Soft tires pressed over the chromed hubs support the model.

Detail and Trim

The model features bug-eyed headlights and cathedral window tail lights of appropriately colored clear lenses. Herpa even uses yellow lenses for the 'torpedo' signal lights under the headlights.

Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, front bucket seats, and the 'rear seat' which was only a thin board with equally thin upholstery. Not much can be see through the small windows. The windshield has small wipers molded on.

The automobile is trimmed with gleaming chrome strips along the sides, around the windows, about the headlights, bumpers and the hubcaps. It features a separately attached side view mirror, handsomely chromed. Underneath the dual exhausts peek out from under the rear bumper.

Finally, the NSU logo is printed in fine detail on the front grille. On the rear hood is what appears to be the company name and 'SportPrinz' in script. Even under magnification it is not quiet legible.


The model exterior appears to be painted. The finish is smooth but the silver pigments are large and create a pebbly appearance. The dark red interior is attractive with the silver body with chromed trim. Herpa offers SportPrinz in pigeon-blue.

Off the Lot

With amazing detail, this stylish HO scale NSU SportPrinz is a pleasing little model of a classic European sports coupe, c. 1958-1970s. A number of them will embellish any model railroad or diorama of the period. Recommended.

Please remember when contacting retailers and manufacturers, to tell them you saw this model here -- on RailRoadModeling.net.

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Highs: Sharp molding and finish. Chromed trim.
Lows: The nice interior is difficult to see through the small windows. The silver paint is smooth but the pigments create a pebbly appearance.
Verdict: NSU SportPrinz is a pleasing little model that will enhance any period model railroad or diorama.
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  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 034395
  Suggested Retail: 9,00 € ($12.30)
  Related Link: Herpa SportPrinz
  PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2011

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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