Quirky Micro Three-Wheeler
1964 Messerschmitt KR 200 Roadster

While British automaker Morgan is famous for their three-wheelers, there were other brands that produced similarly quirky cars and brought some fun among the usual aggressive and sleek vehicles. WWII fighter manufacturer Messerschmitt was not allowed to produced aircrafts in post-war Germany, so chief designer Willy Messerschmitt came up with the idea of three-wheeled cars known as the “Kabinenroller” (Cabinroller).

The KR200 was first launched in 1955 with the plexiglass bubble coupe being the most popular variant, there were also the convertible option and this particular roadster style. The roadster wasn’t particularly favourable back then, meaning limited examples were sold and making it rarer to find nowadays. This example, chassis no. 80286, was in fact the second-to-last Messerschmitt ever produced, while the whereabout of the last Messerschmitt is unknown. 80286 was recently restored to the original shade of red and retrofitted with the KR 201 special faux snakeskin trim. It will be offered by RM Sotheby’s in the Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on 8 December.