Lot 116 - 1959 Messerschmitt KR200
|Odometer reading||6,534 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,240|
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 aircrafts, had turned its resources to producing other commodities and, 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 following consistent drops in sales 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.
Originally registered on 21st April 1959, this KR200 presents in excellent condition and, whilst we did not test drive the vehicle, we are advised she starts and runs well. Clearly, this Messerschmitt has been loved and cherished and, as such, is one of the best KR200s we have seen for some time. The cream paintwork is virtually unmarked, as is the black interior. These quirky vehicles have a strong following and one in such good condition as this will certainly create interest. Supplied with a V5 registration document.
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