The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

15-16 February 2013

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Lot 554

1958 Messerschmitt KR 200

  • ID No. 67731

Sold for $69,000


SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau

Origin: Regensburg, Germany

Production: 30,286

Motor: Fichtel & Sachs 2-stroke

Displacement: 191 cc

Power: 9.7 hp

Length: 9 ft. 3 in.

Identification No. 67253



Like the body and canopy, the driving controls of the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller show their aeronautical influence. The driver sits forward of the passengers, with unrestricted forward and side vision. The acrylic “bubble” canopy provides shelter from wind and weather.



Configured much like the yoke that controls the ailerons and elevator of a small plane, the steering bar is operated more by “pushing” than turning. The lower end of the steering shaft operates directly on the track rods, so the feel is very direct, best accomplished with “small, measured inputs.” The four-speed transmission operates sequentially, in the manner of most motorcycles, so gears must be selected in order, either up or down. However, there is a secondary lever that places the car in neutral from any gear, although starting from rest requires selecting “down” through the gears to reach first. The KR 200 has clutch, brake, and accelerator pedals in their customary locations. The brakes are cable-operated, and they operate on all three wheels.



This lovely black KR 200 is one of the last to use the Messerschmitt bird emblems. It has the early style dashboard and metric instrumentation. It is very basically appointed, having neither clock nor exterior mirrors. The interior is red with white piping and a side stripe, a very attractive combination. Paint, exterior trim, and interior appointments are of the highest quality, with no blemishes visible to the eye. The engine and drivetrain are exceptionally clean and correctly detailed. Double whitewall tires are fitted all around, although a blackwall spare is housed in the tail section.



It is difficult to find any flaws on this KR 200 Kabinenroller. It is sure to please the most discriminating of collectors.

Addendum

Please note the VIN for this Messerschmitt is incorrectly listed in the auction catalog. It is in fact 67731.

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