Property of a deceased's estate 1956 Messerschmitt KR200 Project Chassis no. 61828 Engine no. 2250342
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.
Sold strictly as viewed, this KR200 Cabriolet restoration project comes with seats, soft-top, wings, fuel tank, pedal box, etc. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with this Lot's completeness or otherwise prior to bidding.