1. 1959 Messerschmitt KR200

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Lot Number
1959 Messerschmitt KR200
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $45,000 - $65,000
• Beautifully restored example in striking color combination
• Ready for the show field or any event
• Fun and fast with 'Tiger' upgrades

601 cc twin-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent suspension with hydraulic shocks; wheelbase: 79”

With aircraft manufacture being restricted in Post-War Germany, Messerschmitt turned to alternative engineering projects. Aircraft engineer Fritz Fend, penned an inexpensive but sporty little car with a unique tandem configuration to allow an airplane fuselage shape. Introduced in 1953, under the Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau GmbH (FMG) parent company name, the Kabinenroller, which translates literally to a rolling cabin, was powered by a two-stroke, single-cylinder engine, originally of 173 cc capacity for the KR175, growing to 191 cc for the KR200 of 1955, mated to a four-speed sequential gearbox. The engine was started with a pull rope as standard, but there was an option of an electric starter, a standard feature from 1954.

Controls in the original KR175 were quirky. A steel bar resembling something found in an aircraft of the preceding era took care of steering, while a gearshift lever on the side of the cockpit had a secondary lever to operate the clutch. The throttle was operated by a twist-grip on the left handlebar. To engage reverse, the engine was stopped and then restarted, thus, the car had the same four gear ratios available in reverse as it did in forward motion (yes, that means 60 mph backwards). The foot brake pedal, the only pedal in the car, operated brakes on all three wheels using cables. In 1954, the clutch lever was replaced by a pedal. The monocoque tub was topped with a canopy, reminiscent of the planes of WW II, hinged at the side which opens to allow the driver a gymnastic ingress.

In 1955, in order to prove the KR200's durability, Messerschmitt prepared a KR200 to break the 24-hour speed record for three-wheeled vehicles under 250 cc. The record car was run at the Hockenheimring for 24 hours and broke 22 international speed records in its class, including the 24-hour speed record, which it set at 64 mph. In 1958, the design of the car took an innovative leap, when a fourth wheel was added to the rear. Badged as an FMR rather than Messerscmitt, the TG, or unofficially referred “Tiger”, featured a 494-cc air-cooled twin-cylinder two-stroke engine positioned transversely over the rear wheels developed by the same firm, Fichtel & Sachs, as the KR series of singles. Another design innovation for the model was the reverse gear incorporated into the gearbox, with H-pattern shifter. Production ceased in 1961 with reportedly only 320 examples manufactured.

The fabulously presented microcar offered here is a bit of a hotrod. Starting life as a KR200, the single rear wheel was removed in favor of the TG rear two-wheeled configuration and fiberglass fenders were added. A 600-cc two-stroke engine was sourced from a Trabant 601 and tuned by the Messerschmitt-community renowned, Hollie Herbolzheimer to 35 HP. Finished in Rose with black fenders, over a red interior with grey cloth inserts to the seat, this lovingly restored adorable mid-century sporting microcar has covered a mere two kilometres since restoration and is bound to please the crowd at any level of show or driving event.

1959 Messerschmitt KR200
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