1955 Messerschmitt KR-200
In January 1954 Norbert Riedel of Imme motorcycle fame showed his quiet new 12 hp two-cylinder motor, and Messerschmitt was interested in it for their new Kabinenroller, but it didn't work out, and the Sachs 200 was settled upon.
Work began on a new bubble top around this time as well.
Drawings for the new car were on Prof. Messerschmitt's desk on Sept.27,1954, and the car was introduced in March 1954. Completely redesigned, it was superior to the 175 in every respect. Reverse was now selected by restarting the motor backwards.
"Standard" models did not have interiors and came in ivory, red or grey.
"Export" models were more fully outfitted and came in grey/blue, red/black and ivory/maroon.
The early cars are easily recognized by the slots in the top of the tail. Some early fenders were made of three pieces welded together.
The ivory/red combination seen on this low mileage example was the most popular colour scheme, and the one most often associated with the Kabinenroller.