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1955 Messerschmitt KR-200
|1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 |
1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson Location: The Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado.
1955 Messerschmitt Three-Wheeded Car
|1955 Messerschmitt Three-Wheeded Car |
1955 Messerschmitt Three-Wheeded Car Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson Location: The Tupelo Automobile Museum in Tupelo, Mississippi.
1956 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller
|1956 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller|
1956 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction Amelia Island, Florida March 13, 2009 AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 125 - Sold at a price of $30,800 10 hp, 191 cc Sachs two-stroke single-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission – forward and reverse, independent torsilastic rubber suspension, cable-operated mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82" This Messerschmitt KR200 was restored quite some time ago. Although it is presentable, it does show signs of aging. It is painted a teal shade of blue with a yellow vinyl interior and runs on whitewall tires. The canopy has a few cracks, and some of the moldings are lifting off the body, although it is believed some of the trim may be original. It could be used as is or serve as the basis for a more extensive restoration. The small car category is quickly becoming a must-have addition to any eclectic collection, and this delightful Messerschmitt is no exception.
1955 Messerschmitt KR200
|1955 Messerschmitt KR200|
Offered For Sale By: Kruse International 5540 County Rd 11A Auburn, IN 46706 Phone: 800-968-4444 Email: email@example.com Website: www.kruse.com Date: November 7-9, 2008 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Clear Top. Zero miles on a fresh nut and bolt restoration. Everything restored to like new condition. 5 year project. 4 speed, has reverse, runs excellent. Refurbished 1 cyclinder motor with new crank, bearings, rings, and clutch. Original side panels. Sold on bill of sale. Lot #735 Sold: 19,000
1957 Messerschmitt KR 200 Microcar
|1957 Messerschmitt KR 200 Microcar |
1957 Messerschmitt KR 200 Microcar Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson Location: Lane Motor Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
1958 Messerschmitt KR200 Cabrio
|1958 Messerschmitt KR200 Cabrio |
1958 Messerschmitt KR200 Cabrio Cops and Rodders Car Show March 20, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
|1957 Messerschmitt |
1957 Messerschmitt Car Show: Moonshine Cruiz-In Location: Hiawassee, Georgia Date: August 14, 2009 Photos by Douglas Wilkinson 1 Cylinder Sachs 191cc Air-Cooled Engine 9.9 horsepower 62 mph top speed 56 mpg Length: 9 feet, 4 inches Width: 4 feet, 1 inch Weight: 506 lbs
1956 Messerschmitt KR-175
|1956 Messerschmitt KR-175|
1956 Messerschmitt KR-175 Auction Sale Price: $44,000 Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, Scottsdale, AZ, January, 2010, Lot Number: 5w This is a fine example of post World War II engineering by the Messerschmitt Aircraft Company. Created by aeronautical engineer Fend Flitzer, the car, first produced in 1953 created quite a stir as nothing quite like it had ever been seen before. Powered by a Fitchel & Sachs 174cc 9hp motor, the KR-175 is quite capable of cruising at 50mph. This KR-175 has been completely restored and just about everything in the car is new and refurbished. Mechanically the vehicle starts, runs and shifts remarkably well. The cockpit has ample room for 2 and is a flat out show stopper, when making an appearance. Equipped with a 4-speed transmission, including a rare reverse gear and optional electric start. The frame is precision steel tubular construction with a Plexiglas hood which opens to admit the driver and passenger. Gauges and electric controls are all in good working condition.
For many years following World War II, Messerschmitt AG, the German aircraft manufacturer, was prohibited from building airplanes. The company turned to other pursuits, one of which was the production of kits for building prefabricated houses, using aluminum alloy techniques derived from the aircraft industry. In 1952, they were approached by aircraft engineer Fritz Fend, who had designed a three-wheel invalid carriage. Fend built about 250 of these Fend Flitzers through 1951, many of which were purchased by able-bodied people as simply minicar transport.
Fend's deal with Messerschmitt called for assembly at Messerschmitt's factory in Regensburg, Germany, with the vehicles carrying the Messerschmitt name. The first model was the KR175, the KR signifying kabinenroller or "enclosed scooter" and 175 for the metric displacement of its two-stroke engine. It featured tandem seating and an acrylic bubble canopy that tilted sideward for entry and exit.
In 1955, an improved model, the KR200, was introduced. This had a 10-hp Fichtel and Sachs 191 cc two-stroke engine, an improved canopy and revised suspension. To reverse, the engine was merely re-started in the other direction, which provided four speeds backward as well as forward. That year a modified KR200 was run for 24 hours at the Hockenheimring race track, setting 22 international records for three-wheel vehicles. More than 60,000 were built through 1964, by which time the fortunes of Europeans had improved to the point that minicars of this type were no longer popular. Messerschmitt had returned to the aircraft business in 1956 and lost interest in the kabinenrollers, so later assembly was carried out by Fend's own company, Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH.