Westrand Car Show - KR 200 Messerschmitt Kabinenroller Cabriolet

Messerschmitt micro cars

After building the Fend Flitzer for 3 years Fritz Fend approached Messerschmitt to mass produce a similar micro-car to his Flitzer. Messerschmitt had been prohibited from building aircraft after the end of WW II so they jumped at the opportunity to keep their factory doors open.

The title “Kabinenroller” means “scooter with cabin”. There were several problems with the first KR 175’s that were upgraded during the production run from 1953 to 1955. 15,000 units of KR 175 were produced in those three years.

Poeding en Koek

The KR175 ran on a 173 cc (10.6 cu in) Fichtel & Sachs air-cooled single cylinder two-stroke engine positioned in front of the rear wheel. The engine was originally started with a pull rope but an electric starter became standard in 1954. The car had a four speed gear box with no synchro in first. It also did not have a reverse gear.

The KR175 used a steering bar attached to the track rods which made steering very direct. Petrol and clutch and gear change was on a separate lever and the throttle was similar to a motorbike twistgrip on the steering bar.

The KR175 was replaced by the upgraded KR 200 late in 1955 and which was produced to 1964. The KR200 was considered an instant success with almost 12,000 built during its first year which was the highest annual production for Kabinenroller models. In total over 30000 KR 200 units were sold.

In 1956 after Germany joined NATO Messerschmitt were allowed to build aircraft again. They sold off the Car business back to Fritz Fend and Valentin Knott who produced a Cabrio version of the KR 200. Production of Messerschmitt cars stopped in 1964

Fend had started another company called Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH (FMR) and continued to produce micro cars under the FMR banner.

An Italian motorcycle company – Metalmeccanica Italiana Valtrompia s.p.a and known as MI-VAL also assembled Messerschmitts and marketed them in Italy under the Mivalino Name.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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Featured Image Messerschmitt KR 200 Kabinenroller Cabriolet – Oxyman [CC BY-SA 3.0] Messerschmitt Kabinenroller KR200 – Stefan Kühn [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1954  Messerschmitt KR 175 – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Messerschmitt KR175 – Mytho88 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Messerschmitt KR 201 Controls – Noebu [CC BY-SA 3.0]