10k: Der Liddle Schtinker: 1967 NSU TTS Prinz

Popular culture regularly tells us that it is good to be different.  Bristol-Myers Co ran a commercial ad campaign a few that described Nuprin as– Little. Yellow. Different. Better. Unfortunately the product didn’t do well in the Asian communities because they felt it was a racial slur and Nuprin was ultimately a failure, but the need to be different continues to be a driving force in day-to-day decision making. Being different for a car guy can be as simple as driving anything from AMC for your classic, or you can go off the deep end with something like this 1967 NSU TTS offered here on craigslist for $9,500 near Cleveland, OH.

This NSU TTS (the little sedan dropped the Prinz name at the beginning of 1967) started life as a common production version, but at some point in time was turned into a track car. The seller seems to indicate that it is a period race car, but a SCCA log book or something else showing it racing years ago would be helpful to establish pedigree.

The car is a major project and the engine is disassembled, but the seller claims all the parts are complete. Invest in a set of factory manuals if you can find one because you are going to need more than a simple workshop manual to get it back together.  Reassembled, this air-cooled 1.0 liter inline-4 will live in the trunk and push 70 horsepower to the rear wheels. It may not sound like much, but the lightweight Prinz will be surprisingly fun to drive at the limit.

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Final thought: Nuprin is coming back in 2015.  Sweet.