Lot 237 - 1955 Messerschmitt KR200
|Odometer reading||65,674 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
The Messerschmitt KR200 is a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German manufacturer from 1955 to 1964. Messerschmitt, temporarily not allowed to manufacture aircraft, had turned its resources to producing other commodities; in 1952 Fend approached Messerschmitt with the idea of manufacturing small motor vehicles. The first of Fend's vehicles to enter production was the KR175, the title 'Kabinenroller' means 'scooter with cabin'. The narrow body, and corresponding low frontal area, was achieved with tandem seating which also allowed the body to taper like an aircraft fuselage; the fuel consumption of the car was reported to be 87mpg with a top speed of 65mph if you were brave enough. Production of the KR200 was heavily reduced in 1962 and ceased in 1964 as sales had been dropping for a number of years. The KR200 ran on a 191cc Fichtel & Sachs air-cooled single cylinder two-stroke engine positioned in front of the rear wheel, the engine had two sets of contact points and, to reverse, the engine was stopped, then restarted, going backwards.
This KR200 arrived early in the production cycle and is thought to be the third oldest in the world. The previous owner had been the custodian of this charming little car for over 30 years and after rescuing it from a field when 462 NPU was in a sorry state, embarked on a restoration project. A disc with many photos is included in the history file showing the car's interesting life since the restoration; even being used as a wedding car. The restorer certainly had confidence in his own ability as the car appears to have been driven all over Europe. Photos also exist of the Messerschmitt being exhibited at Beaulieu as part of the 'Weird Cars' theme. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a small amount of paperwork, although the C.D. covers the recent history in a comprehensive manner, this KR200 will require a little time and investment to bring it back to standard, but represents an ideal opportunity to purchase an early Messerschmitt with a fascinating history.
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