1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Coupe
Chassis no. 55733
191cc Two-Stroke Single Cylinder Engine
4-Speed Manual Transmission
3-Wheel Independent Suspension
3-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Beautifully restored example of a microcar classic
*Popular post-war economy car
*Charming color combination
*Optioned with a radio
*Many smiles per mile
The Messerschmitt Kabinenroller
Introduced in 1953 as the 'Fend', after its co-designer Fritz Fend, the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller micro-car was soon being marketed under its manufacturer's name, the change coinciding with a switch from the original's 148cc Fichtel & Sachs engine to a 174cc unit. Situated at the rear, the single-cylinder two-stroke produced a modest 9bhp, enough nevertheless to propel the lightweight and aerodynamic KR175 to around 55mph. A Plexiglas canopy, reminiscent of Messerschmitt's wartime aircraft, was hinged sideways to enable access for two occupants who sat tandem style, one behind the other. Tandem seating and handlebar controls were retained for the 191cc KR200 of 1955, which featured revised bodywork, an improved turning circle and a floor-mounted accelerator and clutch. KR200 cabriolet and KR201 roadster versions followed. Production ceased in 1964 after more than 30,000 KR200s had been produced.
The Motorcar Offered
Equipped as a Coupe version, this fine example of the iconic Messerschmitt KR200 features the see-through, bubble top canopy roof. Beautifully restored to a very high standard, the KR200 is finished in a very period-correct ivory color, and trimmed in bright red. It is optioned with an Agortone radio and a spare wheel. Formerly part of a Colorado based collection, the Messerschmitt is now offered from a prominent New Jersey based collection of exceptional automobiles. This example must be one of the finest available today; its new owner will no doubt enjoy the overwhelming attention generated everywhere this charming little microcar goes.