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1955 Messerschmitt KR200: King Of The Tiny Road

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Many of you appreciated the Seven non-Mini Mini Cars, but a few mentioned the lack of a Messerschmitt. Behold, the Messerschmitt KR200.

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Finding themselves prohibited from making planes, German aircraft company Messerschmitt turned its attention towards tiny bubble cars. Called Kabinenroller (literally, a "scooter with a cabin"), they were a hit with the mostly broke German motoring public. The second model, the KR200, was released with some minor upgrades and a convertible top (seen here). Once Germans could afford good cars again, the KR200 fell out of popularity.

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Because of the quirky design and aircraft controls the Messerschmitts are once again popular as collector's items.

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(H/T to Mike for the photos!)

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DISCUSSION

There was a company - maybe still at it, for all I know - that made really nice, faithful repros of these things using Mini mechanicals up front, and Honda Helix drivetrains. Mileage is supposed to be pretty good. They also did an Isetta clone.

This is one of the original Mobility Pods that Toyota and smart and whoever else are all cranking out now. And they aren't much more popular now than they were then. People still like 'em big.

Size does matter.