Introduced in 1953 as the 'Fend', after its co-designer Fritz Fend, the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller microcar 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. Sited at the rear, the single-cylinder two-stroke produced a modest 9bhp, enough nevertheless to propel the lightweight and aerodynamic KR175 to around 55mph. The Plexiglas canopy, so reminiscent of those of Messerschmitt's wartime aircraft, hinged sideways to enable access for the two occupants who sat one behind the other, tandem style. 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 some 30,000 KR200s had been made.
This Messerschmitt KR200 cabriolet was off the road from 1978 until 2007 and has been the subject of a no-expense-spared complete restoration to a very high standard, as evidenced by the accompanying photographic record showing the enormous amount of work involved. The car was purchased from the first owner by the vendor and was in a poor state when acquired, having stood for many years. It was apparent that a major rebuild would be required and considerable help was provided by senior members of the microcar fraternity to ensure that the work achieved the desired standard.
The engine and gearbox were rebuilt by a highly respected Messerschmitt specialist engineer, while the bodywork was refurbished by a professional classic car restorer who achieved an exceptional finish. New components fitted include the interior, seats and foams, brakes, hood and hood bag, and the battery. Since completion in April 2011, 'XAM 753' has been driven to Germany to attend International Messerschmitt meetings and in the last year been used and displayed at many car shows. Some measure of the restoration's quality may be gained from the numerous awards it has garnered including: Classic Car Show 'Best Paintwork in Show'; Bath Micro Car Rally 'People's Choice' and 'Best Messerschmitt'; National Micro Car Rally 'Concours Prize'; Bristol Classic Car Show runner-up 'Best Car in Show'; and Messerschmitt Owners' Club 'Concours First Prize'.
Presented in 'A1' condition, this exceptionally well restored KR20 is offered with the original bill of sale, sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2013 and Swansea V5 document.
Please note that in the last paragraph of the online catalogue desciption it should read 'KR200' not 'KR20'.