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1957 Messerschmitt KR-200

Towards the end of 1955, a drop in price was declared to compete with the new Isetta and Goggomobil models.

Comparisons soon showed the Messerschmitt to be faster and cheaper to run per mile than its competitors, due to its tandem seating and aerodynamic shape.

Weaknesses of the earliest cars - poor shocks, squealing unbalanced brakes and a weak heating system were addressed.

1955 was a banner year with 11,909 of both models having been produced and delivery problems.
An example was a flood at the New York importer's premises, resulting in a large quantity of unpaid, unsaleable Karos requiring much money and six months to rectify.

May brought the contract to finally build airplanes once again and Messerschmitt sold the Kabinenroller concern to the Bavarian State Bank. Fend joined with Knott to purchase the company and formed FMR

The museum example is finished in the rarely seen 1957 factory two-tone of Hellgrun and Lindgrun.

Manufacturer: Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau, Regensburg, Germany

Model: KR-200 Motor: Fichtel & Sachs, 2-stroke Body: Monocoque
Years Built: Jan. 1957-Dec.1958 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: None
No. Produced: 30,286 Displacement: 191 cc Suspension Front: Rubber
No. Surviving: n/a 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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