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1955 Messerschmitt KR-200

Correcting the shortcomings of the 175 was treated very seriously by Professor Messerschmitt when he gave the directive to build the new car.

It was important to be able to reuse the tried and tested tools and presses used in the 175 bodywork without major retooling and rebuilding of dies.
Success was to be found in the careful working out of the smallest details.

The new 200 had a wider track and cutaway fenders hiding a totally redesigned rubber-in-torsion suspension.
The new larger, smoother motor was rubber mounted and the drive to the rear wheel was cushioned by a tubular shock absorber.

Reverse was now electrically selected.

Inside, the luxurious cabin was trimmed to the highest standard, with a sunburst pattern stitched in the side panel and polished wood trim pieces.

The harsh chrome handlebar was replaced with an elegant ivory aircraft-style steering bar.

Plain "Standard" as well as "DeLuxe" or "Export" versions were offered.

This museum example was refurbished in Europe.

Manufacturer: Regensburger Stahl- und Maschinenbau, Regensburg, Germany

Model: KR-200
Motor: Fichtel & Sachs, 2-stroke
Body: Monocoque
Years Built: Feb. 1955 - Dec. 1956
No. Cylinders: 1
Chassis: None
No. Produced: 30,286
Displacement: 191cc
Suspension Front: Rubber
No. Surviving:
Horsepower: 10.2
Suspension Rear: Rubber
Length: 2 820 mm
Gearbox: 4 fwd+4 rev
Steering: Direct
Width: 1 220 mm
Starter: Dynastart
Brakes: Cable
Weight: 230 kg
Electrics: 12 v
3 Wheels: 4.00 x 8"
Interior: 2 seats tandem
Ignition: Coil
Top Speed: 100 km/h

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