Manufacturer: Messerschmitt AG, Augsburg / Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH Regensburg (FMR) – Germany
Type: KR 200 (KabinenRoller)
Engine: 191cc single cylinder
Power: 9,7 bhp / 5.250 rpm
Speed: 85 km/h
Production time: 1955 – 1964
Production outlet: 41,178
Curb weight: 229 kg
– Designed by Fritz Fend, an aircraft engineer, intended for disabled WWII veterans.
– The KR 200 was evolution of the KR 175, with a wider track, redesigned rubber-in-torsion suspension, hydraulic shock absorbers, an electric windshield wiper, a larger 191cc F&S motor and a foot throttle replaced the previous twist-grip.
– The early KR 200 models carried some of the KR 175 characteristics, included yellow ochre-colored interior primer, beige-colored interior trim and double-strip front bumper trim.
– One had to enter the car via a canopy door hinged on the right side of the vehicle ("flip-top").
– During World War II, the Messerschmitt Company produced German fighter planes such as the popular ME109 fighter. After the war, Messerschmitt was temporarily banned from manufacturing aircraft.
– Fend took his idea of a small motor vehicle based on a invalid carriage, Fend Flitzer, to the German company.
The engine is a 2-stroke Fichtel & Sachs air-cooled engine in the back with rear wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearbox (only forward ☺! reverse gear was an option).
– To reverse, the engine was stopped and then restarted, going backwards (two sets of contact breaker points), achieved by pushing the key further into the ignition switch than normal.
– Because of that, you had now the same four gear ratios available in reverse as in the forward movement thanks to the positive-stop transmission.
– The brake pedal still operated the mechanical brakes using cables.
– The tricycle could be delivered in a DeLuxe version with heating (more cost: 120 DM).
– The driver and passenger (only one☺) are seated two in tandem.
– In 1956 Messerschmitt was once again allowed to manufacture aircrafts and stopped car production.
– The German company sold the Regensburg works to Fend who partnered with Valentin Knott, with the end result being Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH Regensburg (FMR).
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