NSU Prima D Scooter
In 1951, NSU of Germany signed a deal with Innocenti of Italy to build Lambretta 125cc LC scooters at their factory in Neckarsulm under licence. The deal was to last for five years, but it seems that the Germans weren’t happy simply producing someone else’s product and instead preferred to develop their own. It didn’t take long for them to improve upon the Innocenti original, both with adornments, then later with upgrades such as 12v electrics and engine performance. After the licence expired, NSU decided to go it alone with their improved scooters and launched the first of their Prima range, which of course was heavily inspired by the Lambrettas they’d been building. While the styling remained similar at first glance, NSU began to make many improvements to the scooter regarding both chassis and engine. The first Prima D of 1956 featured a 6.2hp 150cc engine, electric starter, panel embellishers and pressed steel forks. The NSU name disappeared from motor vehicles in 1977 and now the factory in Neckarsulm manufactures Audi cars.
Presented in show standard and desirable due to its condition and rarity, in comparison with a Vespa or Lambretta this fine restored machine has just had a full service which included draining all the old petrol and filling with new Shell V-power E5 with the correct oil mix of 25:1. The spark plug has been renewed with an Iridium NGK to replace the original Bosch W 190 M11S which was in good condition. The swing axle has been topped up with the correct Shell Retinax-G and the final drive checked to make sure that it is as full as required by the instruction manual. The brakes have been checked, all the electrics work including lights and horn. The tool kit is housed in the tool box, there are two stands, one central and one side, an original handbook, work shop manual and a spares manual.
There is a key for the glove box and also the steering lock. UK registered in 1997, bought from a Stafford Classic Show scooter display from the original owner and restorer so only one former keeper on the V5C. How many German electric start scooters are there to choose from? This is a good choice if you’re looking for quality, practicality and reliability and dare to be a little different.