The Messerschmitt: A Cockpit Without A Plane

In the months after Germany's surrender in 1945, Fritz Fend was working as an itinerant farmer for 8.50 marks a week. During the war, Fritz had been an engineer who helped design the very first jet fighters for the Luftwaffe. He was clever and creative and seemed destined for big things save for the fact he worked for… » 12/23/14 1:48pm 12/23/14 1:48pm

What Is Your Favorite Vehicle With An Odd Number Of Cylinders?

Since the early days of the automobile, cars have been predominantly powered by engines with an even number of cylinders. From the earliest four cylinders to the Veyron's W16, most of the most famous automotive engines have been built with an amount of cylinders divisible by two. » 3/31/12 5:00pm 3/31/12 5:00pm

Your opportunity for weird three wheeled fun with the Messerschmitt…

Although Messerschmitt remains best known for their World War II fighter aircraft, facing a ban on airplane production after the war the company expanded into other sectors. The three wheeled Messerschmitt KR175 seen here is the strange result of the company's entrance to the auto industry. Currently for sale on Ebay,… » 7/16/11 11:00am 7/16/11 11:00am

All Hail The Frankenschmitt!

It's one thing to customize your mass-produced ride for which there are thousands of parts available. It's quite another to breathe life into someone else's insanity, like mating two rare post-war German microcars. Here's the story of the Frankenschmitt. » 12/16/10 4:30pm 12/16/10 4:30pm

Messerschmitts Star In Least Macho Dirt Track Race Ever

We have no idea how or why this came about. We're just happy to know that at one point in time people gathered enough Messerschmitt KR200s to commandeer a dirt track and hold a race to the death...of pride. » 12/03/10 3:00pm 12/03/10 3:00pm

Let’s Load This Up And Give It To Chuck Yeager

On April 17, 1945, a team of G.I.’s found an abandoned Messerschmitt Me 262—the world’s first jet fighter—in near-perfect condition in the forests of Germany. Photo Credit: Charles McCain » 7/19/10 12:30pm 7/19/10 12:30pm

How Detroit's Aircraft Production Dream Crashed and Burned

Once, Detroit's carmakers wanted to be the nation's aircraft kings. For a short time during World War II, they were. Then things fell apart. Dr. Daniel Uziel of The Future of Things explains what happened. —Ed. » 5/04/10 12:00pm 5/04/10 12:00pm

1955 Messerschmitt KR200: King Of The Tiny Road

Many of you appreciated the Seven non-Mini Mini Cars, but a few mentioned the lack of a Messerschmitt. Behold, the Messerschmitt KR200. » 7/22/09 3:00pm 7/22/09 3:00pm

The Mercedes SLS AMG Mule And An Extra Helping Of V8

Good morning, dear readers, and now a Jalopnik Guarantee of Happiness: no matter how much your Friday sucks, 116 seconds of it will pass in pure happiness with the Mercedes SLS AMG. » 3/27/09 11:00am 3/27/09 11:00am

So You Want to Buy A Messerschmitt

Microcars are like aged cheese - some people find them absolutely confounding and a little disgusting, and the loonier of us can't get enough. The problem with microcars is they don't really make em like they used to. Oh sure, you've got your Smart FourTwo and your Toyota iQ and your Tata Nano, but those are… » 2/14/08 10:30am 2/14/08 10:30am

Where'd These TV and Film Cars Go?

Hemmings blogger David Traver Adolphus got to wondering whatever happened to all this season's hero cars of yesteryear, including the Pretty in Pink Karmann Ghia, the Stripes RV and Tom Cruise's Kawi from Top Gun. We'll chime in and add that we're curious about the whereabouts of the Lone Starr's Winnebago from … » 7/18/07 7:00pm 7/18/07 7:00pm

Hoons of an Epoch: Dutch Reversing Amazingness

Normally, when commenters post awesome links on the site, we let them have the glory. And we are giving commenter rgseidl all the credit for this one, but we had to bring it to the wider attention of our readership. Imagine all of the glory of the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, crossed with with rank amateurishness,… » 3/17/07 6:45pm 3/17/07 6:45pm