<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166

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Lot 32
1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 KABINENROLLER KABRIO

Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 KABINENROLLER KABRIO

Chassis no. 68619
Engine no. 2988166

191cc Fichtel & Sachs Air-cooled Two-stroke Single-cylinder Engine
10bhp at 5,000rpm
Four-speed manual transmission (both forward and reverse)
Three-wheel hydraulic independent suspension
Cable-operated mechanical drum brakes

*AACA National Award Winner
*Guaranteed to elicit smiles
*Great on gas mileage
*Desirable Cabrio top


THE MESSERSCHMITT KR200

In an era when American cars were becoming longer, lower, and wider, Germany gave us the Messerschmitt KR200. The aircraft manufacturer built the kabinenroller ("scooter with cabin") in response from being banned from building planes after World War II. Initially designed by aeronautical engineer Fritz Fend as an "invalid carriage", he noticed able-bodied folks seeking basic transportation and approached Messerschmitt to build the three-wheeler.

Starting with the Messerschmitt KR175 in 1953, the improved 1955 KR200 featured an enlarged 191cc Fichtel & Sachs air-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke motor in front of the rear wheels. Reflecting its aircraft roots, left and right turns were handled by a steering bar that was operated by pushing instead of turning. Seating position was in tandem, one in front of the other, giving the Messerschmitt a low center of gravity and great handling. Entry for both passengers was through an acrylic hinged canopy, although Kabrio and Roadster models substituted a tonneau cover. Messerschmitt was permitted to build planes again in 1956, thereby losing interest in kabinenroller production. The factory was sold to Fend, who formed FMR and continued to produce this and subsequent bubble cars through 1964.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This KR200 is one fitted with the desirable, open top Kabrio top. While plenty sleek with the plexi bubble roof seen on most examples, the lack of ventilation makes the Kabrio a much more appealing alternative. Subject of a concours quality restoration in the mid-1990s, it took an AACA National First Place in 1996.

Finished in red over black vinyl with red piping, the little three-wheeler is reported to be a strong runner and lovely driver. Next time you have the urge to get a Big Gulp at the 7-Eleven, why not ditch the Smart car and go in style in this KR200?
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<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
<B>1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 <i>KABINENROLLER</i> KABRIO<br /> </B><BR />Chassis no. 68619<BR />Engine no. 2988166
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