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Messerschmitt Die Cast Models 1:18


After World War II Messerschmitt was temporarily not allowed to manufacture aircraft. It had turned its resources to producing other commodities. In 1952, the aircraft engineer Fend approached Messerschmitt with the idea of manufacturing small motor vehicles. These were based on his Fend Flitzer invalid carriage.

The first of Fend's vehicles to enter production at Messerschmitt's Regensburg factory was the KR175, a three wheel Kabinenroller (scooter with cabin).The KR200 replaced the KR175 in 1955. The KR200 was an almost total redesign. Retailing for around DM 2,500, the KR200 was considered an instant success with almost 12,000 built during its first year. A maximum speed in excess of 90 km/h (56 mph) despite a claimed power output of only 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp) reflected the vehicle's light weight.

In 1955, in order to prove the KR200's durability, Messerschmitt prepared a KR200 to break the 24-hour speed record for three-wheeled vehicles under 250 cc (15.3 cu in). The record car broke 22 international speed records in its class, including the 24-hour speed record, which it set at 103 km/h (64 mph).

Production of the KR200 was heavily reduced in 1962 and ceased in 1964 as sales had been dropping for a few years.
1955 - KR200
1953 - KR175