Amelia Island | Lot 217
1959 Messerschmitt KR 200
$84,000 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
9 March 2019
The three-wheeled, single-door Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter) was produced in two main variants. First came the KR 175 in 1952, instantly recognizable by its aircraft-style bubble canopy. Over the next three years, using the KR 175 as a template, the vehicle was almost totally redesigned, including upgrades such as wheel cutouts in the front fenders and an improved canopy design. Thus, in 1955, the KR 200 was unveiled.
German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend stayed true to his roots when designing the KR 200, incorporating plane-like features such as a “steering bar” that slides side-to-side about a horizontal axis in order to turn the wheels. Its most notable features, however, are its engine and transmission. The Fichtel & Sachs two-stroke, single-cylinder engine is capable of restarting in the opposite direction, allowing the vehicle to reach four speeds when traveling both forward and in reverse, making for an elusive getaway car, and a fuel-efficient one, at that!
The KR 200 presented here has spent most of its life in North America after being acquired in 1972 by Irving E. Stine of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, from Frau Lisl Müller in Hundham, Germany. After purchasing the cabin scooter in 2011, the prior owner commissioned Ralph Hough, President of the Messerschmitt Owner’s Club of North America, to perform a thorough engine and transmission rebuild. Notably, all parts used came certified from the Messerschmitt Owner’s Club in England.
Upon completion, the car was shipped to Nova Scotia by the previous owner, where he and his team of automotive technicians spent over 500 cumulative hours on a nut-and-bolt restoration of the car. No detail was spared on this KR 200. High-quality BASF urethane paint was used to give the car its original color of turquoise, while the correct colors of grey were used on the inner cabin, firewall, and outer floor. The correct two-tone deluxe molding kit was also added, along with an original windscreen visor, jack, and luggage rack. Finally, marque specialist Nick Poll, a part of the Messerschmitt world for over two decades, provided the interior kit.
Complete with an electronic ignition for added reliability, and driven sparingly since its restoration, this like-new KR 200 will make a delightful addition to any enthusiast’s collection.