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Messerschmitt KR175
Messerschmitt KR175
Messerschmitt K175 1954

The Messerschmitt KR175 (1953–1955) was the first version of the Fend Flitzer that was a "full sized" bubble car. 19,668 were sold before the model was changed to the Messerschmitt KR200, in 1956. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 900 pixel, file size: 435 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 900 pixel, file size: 435 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 692 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 693 pixel, file size: 46 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 692 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 693 pixel, file size: 46 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Messerschmitt is a famous German aircraft manufacturer, known primarily for their World War II fighter aircraft, notably the Bf 109 and Me 262. ... This article needs cleanup. ... A microcar is a particularly and extremely small automobile. ... Messerschmitt Kabinenroller KR 200 The Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller, was a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt in the 1950s and early 1960s. ...


Use in popular culture

  • The car was used as a "personal transporter" for the character of Sam Lowry in the cult film Brazil. The car appeared to be powered by a small jet engine. In the film the car was destroyed by fire. Cousin Itt drives one in the 1991 film, "Addams Family".

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Data

  • Configuration: mid (rear) engine, rear drive
  • Seating, front/rear: 1/1
  • Weather protection: bubble canopy coupe, convertible or open roadster
  • Heating/air conditioning: none/none
  • Engine type: Fichtel & Sachs, 1 cylinder, 2 stroke
  • Displacement: 174 cm³
  • Bore x stroke— 62 x 58 mm
  • Compression: 6.8:1
  • Power: 9.0 hp @ 5,250 rpm
  • Cooling: air, with fan
  • Starter: kick starter, later Dynastart
  • Drive: 4 speed and chain to single rear wheel
  • Brakes: 3 wheel
  • Wheel size: 4.00 by 8 in
  • Dimensions (length/width/height) (m): 2.820/1.220/1.200
  • Wheelbase: 2.030 m
  • Track, front/rear: 0.920/0 m.
  • Weight, empty/full load (kg): 210/360 kg.
  • Fuel consumption: 3.7 l/100 km, 63.5 mi./U.S. gal.
  • Top speed: 80 km/h (50 mi/h)
  • Years built: 1953 to 1955
  • Number built: 15,000 (19,668 from another source)
  • Price : DM 2,100.00

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Messerschmitt KR200 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
The Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller, was a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Messerschmitt, temporarily not allowed to manufacture aircraft, had turned its sights toward the production of vehicles, much like its cousin company BMW.
The KR200 replaced the KR175 and was a mostly a total redesign whilst retaining the original concept.
1953 Messerschmitt KR175 (141 words)
Willy Messerschmitt needed a project to keep his RSM division busy, and a timely visit by his former employee Fritz Fend with a concept for a tandem two-seat vehicle resulted in a deal being struck.
Called Fend Kabinenroller FK-150, it included all the elements of the first production Messerschmitts except for the plexi dome made up of several pieces, and the 150cc motor.
Production began in February 1953, but early feedback indicated that the car was far from perfect: the suspension was very hard, it was noisy and rattled, and the hand clutch didn't come off well in practice.
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