Messerschmitt KR200 photo

1959 Messerschmitt KR200

In Post-War Germany, aircraft manufacturing was restricted, forcing Messerschmitt to find alternative engineering projects. Aircraft engineer Fritz Fend created an inexpensive yet sporty little car with an airplane fuselage shape with tandem seating configuration. Under the Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau GmbH (FMG) parent company name, the Kabinenroller, which translates to a rolling cabin, was equipped with a two-stroke, single-cylinder engine initially displacing 173cc. It grew to 191cc for the KR200 of 1955. To start the engine, a rope was pulled. An optional electric starter was available, becoming standard equipment from 1954.

Inside was a steel bar which controlled the steering. There was a gearshift lever on the side of the cockpit had a secondary lever to operate the clutch. The throttle was controlled by a twist-grip on the left handlebar. To go into reverse, the engine was stopped and then restarted, giving it the same four gear ratios available in reverse as it did in forward motion. The only pedal in the car was used to operate the brake on all three wheels using cables. In 1954, an additional pedal was added to operate the clutch.

In 1955, a KR200 was sent to the Hockenheimring to break the 24-hour speed record for three-wheeled vehicles under 250cc. During the 24 hours, it broke 22 international speed records in its class, including the 24-hour speed record, which it set at 64 mph.

In 1958, the small KR200 gained a fourth wheel to the rear. Wearing a FMR badge rather than Messerscmitt, the TG had a 494cc air-cooled twin-cylinder two-stroke engine positioned transversely over the rear wheels.

The KR 200 was an economical means of transportation and was attractive due to restrictions placed on fuel and steel consumption in post-war Europe. It was estimated to get over 80 miles per gallon. During its first year of production, nearly 12,000 examples of the Kabinenroller were built. Production ceased in 1964 after approximately 30,000 KR200s had been produced.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019

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During World War II, the Messerschmitt Company produced German fighter planes such as the popular ME109 fighter. The company came into existence in 1923 and founded by Professor Willy Messerschmitt. When WWII came to a close, the company switched to manufacturing automobile parts, as well as other industries such as sewing machine production. Designs for the Messerschmitt automobiles began....
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One of a kind, the quirky three-wheeled Messerschmitt KR200 was a bubble car designed by Fritz Fend, aircraft engineer. The KR200, also dubbed Kabinenroller or cabin scooter, was produced from 1955 through 1964 in the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitts factory. The year was 1952 and Messerschmitt was temporarily banned from manufacturing aircraft, so they turned their attention and resources....
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1959 Vehicle Profiles

1959 Messerschmitt KR200 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 72056
Engine Num: 3031643

This Messerschmitt KR 200 has spent much of its life in North America. It was acquired in 1972 by Irving E. Stine of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, from Frau Lisl Müller in Hundham, Germany. A prior owner acquired the car in 2011 and had it profess....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 72056 




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1959 KR200
$1,070-$22,750
1959 Messerschmitt KR200 Base Price : $1,070

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Messerschmitt
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)12,000
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)

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