Summary

  • Engine number 
    ROBERTS82.2
  • Lot number 
    196
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Property of a deceased's estate
c.1963 Messerschmitt Kabinenroller 'Tg1400' Special
Registration no. OCT 499L
Engine no. ROBERTS82.2

This unique Messerschmitt Kabinenroller was built in the late 1960s/early 1970s by the boys of Roxeth Manor Secondary School in Eastcote Lane, South Harrow, Middlesex. Overseen by project director Charles Hull, it took several years to complete, consuming over 2,000 man-hours in the process. Once seen as a possible competition car suitable for sprints and hill climbs, the Messerschmitt - known to its creators as 'Bubble and Squeak' - incorporates two Mini front sub-frames, one at either end. The rear wheels are locked in the straight-ahead position, though with some built-in flex and hence a measure of rear-wheel steering when pressing on. The original engine started life in a Minivan and was purchased for £5.

Mounted aft, the engine currently fitted is a 1,400c BMC A-Series unit equipped with two Weber 45DCOE carburettors (with one choke blanked off), a multi-branch exhaust system and an oil cooler. An article about the Messerschmitt/Mini hybrid was published in The Motor magazine (week ending 24th March 1973 edition) an extract from which is on file together with photographs of the car's restoration in 1994. Re-commissioning will be required before it returns to the road. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.