09 September 2011

Messerschmitt kr 200

The Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), was a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt .

1955 English ad.

Always wondered how they sold these in England so soon after the war. I would have thought they'd at least have changed the name of the company.

2/10 of a liter engine. Looks very comfy too!

They made 40,000 of these from 1955 to 1964.

Engine Fichtel & Sachs two-stroke single cylinder, operable in both directions of crankshaft rotation
Transmission Four speeds forward or reverse (depending on engine rotation), sequential, unsynchronized.
Wheelbase 79.9 in 
Length 111.0 in 
Height 47.2 in
Curb weight 506 lb
had a steering bar reminiscent of that of an aircraft. Operated by pushing rather than by turning, the steering bar was connected directly to the track rods of the front wheels, providing an extremely direct response best suited to small, measured inputs.The gearshift lever had a secondary lever on it which, when actuated, would put the car in neutral regardless of what gear it had been in before, although the transmission would have to be shifted back to first before the car would be able to move from a standstill.

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