NSU Prinz: GP stars, German cars and the Armstrong 500 win you’ve never heard of

20 August 2018
The NSU Prinz smashed its sub-750cc rivals in the first Armstrong 500 in 1960 at Phillip Island. Its last appearance was four years later, after the race had moved to Bathurst. Here the three-wheeling Prinz shared by Bryan Thomson and Bruce Wilson is working oh-so-hard through the Dipper in that 1964 race. Check out the tortured rear tyre!

The famous Armstrong 500 production car race attracted a wide variety of marques, many of which have long since vanished. One of those was NSU and its Prinz, which with the help of two multiple Australian Grand Prix winners dominated its class in the first running of Australia’s greatest motor race in 1960.

The diminutive two cylinder German car, driven by none other than AGP legends Lex Davison and Doug Whiteford, was the smallest capacity car in the field. And it finished ahead of two others to score a resounding 1-2-3 against local showroom rivals including Renault 750, Fiat 600 and Lloyd Alexander.