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1959 Messerschmitt KR 200
This 1959 Messerschmidtt KR200 is a uniquely-styled three-wheel bubble car which has been used sparingly throughout its life. It is powered by a 191cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine which sends 7.4kW (10hp) to the rear wheel. It is operated using a four-speed manual gearbox, and can be backed-up by stopping the engine and restarting it in reverse. This example currently displays 20,976 miles on its odometer.
Pivoting from aircraft manufacturing after World War II, Messerschmidtt turned its resources to building small vehicles. After a first run of KR175 models, the KR200 came out in 1955 with an enclosed cabin, reworked suspension and engine, and hydraulic shock absorbers were added. It was a sell-out success in its first year and continued at a high-production rate until the early 1960s, where the German economy then rebounded and the demand for economical and basic transport was diminished. Trademarked by its narrow body, acrylic clear canopy and low stance, the KR200 could reach 100km/h and seated two people. The seats are accessed through a door on the vehicle’s right-hand side.
Painted in red on the exterior and upholstered inside with black trim and red seating, this KR200’s simple specification is surprisingly eye-catching. It is also marked by silver exterior trim and a clear acrylic hood for driver and passenger to see out of. It rides on a set of silver-faced wheels wrapped in whitewall tyres.
This car was acquired by its current owner in 2013 and has remained as part of a museum display since. Before being put on display it received a service where the fuel was drained and the battery was removed. The owner notes it has recently been refit with a battery and fresh fuel, and the car runs fine. It was previously a Sydney car before moving down to Melbourne, and the last time it was registered was in 2003.
Exterior condition of this Messerschmidtt KR200 is in good shape, having been preserved with decent paint and trimwork throughout its life. The red paint presents nicely in most areas with a good amount of reflection, though closer inspection to areas such as the rear end and wheel guards show signs of paint damage and chips. The acrylic hood remains in good condition without significant scratching, and the exterior trim and light fixtures show in good order. The wheels and tyres remain in great condition.
Though simple in nature, the interior of this KR200 presents very well. The red vinyl upholstery of the seats shows no overt signs of wear and tear, while the carpets look in decent, undamaged condition. Paint is flaking at some edges and hinges, while deterioration can be seen on some rubber trims. Rust is seen on bits and pieces surrounding the canopy edge. The dash and controls show in good order, while the black trim lining the sides is unmarked.
This car will be supplied with a spare wheel which is found under the rear engine hatch.
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Interior Gallery (41)
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