1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054

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Lot 251
1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar
Registration no. FSJ 430 Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054

£ 14,000 - 18,000
US$ 18,000 - 24,000
Withdrawn
1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar
Registration no. FSJ 430
Chassis no. 77634
Engine no. 2938054

Footnotes

  • 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 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. Later models like that offered here carried the diamond-shaped FMR badge, standing for Fahrzeug und Maschienenbau GmbH Regensburg. Production ceased in 1964 after some 30,000 KR200s had been made.

    This particular KR200 was sold new in this country, hence the UK-specification front wings and 'torpedo' headlights, and later crossed the Atlantic to form part of the world famous Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Collection in Madison, Georgia. While in the USA the car was professionally restored to the highest order with attention to detail accorded top priority, the engine being sent back to England for rebuilding by a marque specialist. Replacement original steel body panels were used wherever necessary, exterior fittings renewed or refurbished as required, and a new Sekurit front windscreen fitted. The car was refinished in correct turquoise/cream livery and the interior reupholstered in cream vinyl and snakeskin trim, the latter being a non-standard embellishment.

    In 1997 the Messerschmitt was purchased by Peter de Savary for his collection at Skibo Castle in Clashmore, Sutherland and in 2003 passed to the immediately preceding owner, who used it only sparingly and not at all after September 2008. In July 2009 the car was offered for sale at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed auction (Lot 327) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Kept stored in a heated garage since acquisition, it was running well when MoT'd in August 2009 but has not been used since then and is described as in generally very good condition. Indeed, the car should require no more than gentle re-commissioning and a new battery before returning to the road. Offered complete with its own purpose-built trailer, 'FSJ 430' also comes with an owner's manual, Messerschmitt road test book, a CD-ROM of manuals and parts lists, SORN, expired MoT (2010) and V5C registration document.

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1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054
1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054
1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054
1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar Chassis no. 77634 Engine no. 2938054
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