Vehicle description1960 Messerschmitt KR201 Kabrio Roadster for sale! Motorcar Classics is now selling this charming and rare 1960 Messerschmitt KR201 Kabrio Roadster featured in red with black interior and matching black folding fabric soft top. It has covered 43,966 miles. Options include white sidewall tires and rear luggage rack. Produced for less than a decade, the Messerschmitt bubble-top microcar featured tandem seating for two in a tiny three-wheeled body powered by a Fitchell amp; Sachs 191cc two-stroke engine capable of producing less than 10 horsepower. Power flows to the single rear wheel through a 4-speed sequential transmission that offers all 4 speeds in both forward and reverse by virtue of the engine having two sets of contact breaker points so that the engine was stopped and restarted rotating in the opposite direction to engage reverse. Its aerodynamic design and overall light-weight meant that it was still able to run at 55 MPH while getting an extremely economical 60-100 MPG. Its handlebar steering wheel is reminiscent of the fighter planes of World War II; appropriate similarities as the Messerschmitt brand is better known for being a German aircraft manufacturing company. Its short stint in vehicle production was limited only to the KR200 and the earlier (but very similar) KR175. Known as Kabinenroller (loosely translated to cabin scooters), the cars were designed by aircraft engineer Fritz Fend after the company was forbidden to produce planes. Though production ceased in 1964 with demand for the tiny economical cars dying out, their popularity with collectors has steadily grown thanks to their novel appearance and place in history. Our car is an older restoration of the rare KR201 Roadster variant that without the window frames of the more common Kabrio. It has been recently serviced and is in excellent all-around condition.
|Location||Farmingdale, New York|
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