Format: 2019-06-27 21:13:33

Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar 1959 70843-London Olympia 2461

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London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
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629 VMH
Sold for: £ 14.500

Has not been sold. Highest bid £14.500

1959 Messerschmitt KR200 Microcar
Registration no. 629 VMH
Chassis no. 70843
Introduced in 1953 as the 'Fend', the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller microcar was soon being marketed under its manufacturer's name, the change coinciding with an increase in engine capacity from 148cc to 174cc. Sited at the rear, the single-cylinder two-stroke motor produced a modest 9bhp, enough nevertheless to propel the lightweight, aerodynamic KR175 to around 55mph. The Plexiglas canopy, so reminiscent of those of Messerschmitt's wartime aircraft, hinged sideways to enable access for the two occupants who sat behind one another, tandem style. Tandem seating and handlebar controls were retained for the 191cc KR200 of 1955, which featured revised bodywork, an improved turning circle and a floor-mounted accelerator and clutch.
Written by the immediately preceding owner, a document on file reveals that this KR200 was sold new by 'Two Strokes' of Stanmore, Middlesex. Little is known of its history prior to its discovery in Gloucestershire in the early 1970s, laid up but complete and retaining its original engine. '629 VMH' was then dry-stored for the next few years until its purchase in 1986 by the immediately preceding owner. The latter had the engine rebuilt before deciding to proceed with a full restoration, which commenced in April 1993 and took the next 12 months. The current vendor purchased the restored Messerschmitt on 31st August 2017. The car is offered with restoration photographs and a V5C registration Certificate.

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