1961 Messerschmitt Service Car
The Messerschmitt Service Car was produced in very small numbers, perhaps a dozen units total.
It had special suspension parts in the front, to mount a Messerschmitt Tow Bar.
The Tow Bar was connected with a clamp on the bumper of the towing car in front.
The clamp fits to several old style metal bumpers.
Note: when towing the Messerschmitt this way, it has the Status of a Trailer and needs special removable holders for reflecting triangles at the rear license plate.
Thus, a Service Technician could drive to the Customer in his Messerschmitt Service Car, hook the Schmitt to the Customer Vehicle and drive back to the Repair Shop. After the service on the customer car, it went the other way round.
The Service Car was popular for some Dealers, who had their own advertising and "Kundendienst" (Customer Service) printed on it.
In the car there were special holders to transport and secure the tow bar. The cars had no luggage rack and a special paint scheme.
Getting the parts and the license from German authorities to restore this car took more than a year.
The Tow Bar has been rebuilt by using the last 2 existing bars, found in 2 private collections. Both were incomplete.
The remade part is the only complete bar now.
Manufacturer: Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau, Regensburg, Germany
|Model: KR-200 Service Car
||Motor: Fichtel & Sachs, 2-storke
|Years Built: March 1958 - August 1964
||No. Cylinders: 1
|No. Produced: ~ 12
||Displacement: 191 cc
||Suspension Front: Rubber
|No. Surviving: 1
||Suspension Rear: Rubber
|Length: 2 830 mm
||Gearbox: 4 + rev
|Width: 1 270 mm
|Weight: 230 kg
||Electrics: 12 v
||3 Wheels: 4.00 x 8"
|Interior: 2 seats tandem
||Top Speed: 100 km/h