Messerschmitt, temporarily not allowed to manufacture aircraft, had turned its resources to producing other commodities. In 1952, Fend approached Messerschmitt with the idea of manufacturing small motor vehicles. These were based on his Fend Flitzer invalid carriage.
The model here today, the KR200 replaced Fend’s debute piece KR175 in 1955. While using the same basic frame as the KR175 with changes to the bodywork (notably including wheel cut-outs in the front fenders) and an improved canopy design, the KR200 was otherwise an almost total redesign. The rear suspension and engine mounting were reworked, and hydraulic shock absorbers were installed at all three wheels.
Presented in a crisp white finish and a striking red interior, this immaculate Messerschmitt KR200 was first registered in July 1957 and totally restored by a Messerschmitt specialist in Germany in 2009. All in all, an excellent example of this car maintaining its original Plexiglass/Perspex canopy, which as collectors will know this is extremely rare.
Described by the owner as being in ‘first class’ condition, the car has only covered 23,708 Kms from new. Mechanically and aesthetically, the car is very sound indeed. A complete photographic history of the rebuild, including more than 800 pictures and historic literature is included in the sale, along with a TüV report, technical drawings, circuit diagrams and a repair manual.