Sigh for a Messerschmidt

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  1. Geedee

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    So there I was, trundling along in my truck...as I do... and I look in the rear view mirror.

    Now theres an old fighter pilot saying that says 'check your six'. I hadn't and the rear view mirror was filled with a sight that made my blood run cold. I was staring at the canopy of a Messerschmidt !!!! :shock: Mate, I was freaked. I swerved, had another look and it was closer.

    Then I remembered, it was 'Baron von Rocketeers' latest 'Warbird', a pristine Messerschmidt KR200 of 1961 vintage, and it was on the trailer I was towing.

    Gotta say that it looked a real cheeky little car. Tony, thats great little car you've got there, and I'm guessing from the cheesy grin, you're quite happy !. It does need a repaint into some proper 'camo' and a couple of MG's strapped to front wings....but that'll come later on no doubt

    Apologies for the piccies, they where taken on my mobile.
     

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  2. Rocketeer

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    It is great fun to drive!! Thanx for the posting old chap. :D
     
  3. Aaron Brooks Wolters

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    Interesting vehicle guys. Just out of curiosity, what is it worth on the collector market.
     
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    She cost me £12k!!!!! They are still rising steeply (doubled in last 5 years).

    After the war, Messerschmitt were not allowed to build anything war like. So they made coin machines, vending machines. Fritz Fend had a design for a 3 wheeler so in the 1950s.....Schmitts started to roll off the same production lines in Regensberg as Me109s did in the war.

    Mine was made in 1961 and went via the railway to the Hook of Holland and over to Harwich were they were met by an army of delivery drivers. She ended up in a garage in Trowbridge and was sold, She moved around and I bought her there 49 years later!!

    Google the term Messerschmitt KR200......Elvis Presley even owned one!! It is a famed bubble car. She is my third (second original, the first I had to sell after my divorce).
     
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    Looks like a fun toy to have!
     
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  7. Aaron Brooks Wolters

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    Very interesting Rocketeer. I think it needs a lot larger motor though.:) :) :)
     
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    How cool and congrats on your find!

    I always wanted a Messerschmitt or a Heinkel "bubble car"...always thought they would be fun to drive.

    I agree with you Aaron, it needs a larger engine...like a DB601 perhaps? :lol:
     
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    Heck, why not a 603 or 605? :lol:
     
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    Well, I was thinking more along the lines of economy...you know how those fuel prices are these days :evil4:
     
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    What will it be when it grows up??:lol::lol:
     
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    Isn't that the same car that the protagonist drove in the movie "Brazil"? That was one wierd flick and one wierd little car.
     
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    Cheers chaps....been driving it round the airfield today....big smiles all round! I don't know the film 'Brazil'. However, in 'Mystery Men' starring Ben Stiller, Geoff Rush and a ton of others, when they drive the battle wagon out of the scrapyard, you see a Schmitt sat there.

    They are a little weird, but in a day of the mundane and boring cars, she is a breath of fresh air....87 mpg!!!

    I have a DB603, but it is a little below par for fitment to this KR200!
     
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    Cheers chaps....been driving it round the airfield today....big smiles all round! I don't know the film 'Brazil'. However, in 'Mystery Men' starring Ben Stiller, Geoff Rush and a ton of others, when they drive the battle wagon out of the scrapyard, you see a Schmitt sat there.

    They are a little weird, but in a day of the mundane and boring cars, she is a breath of fresh air....87 mpg!!!

    I have a DB603, but it is a little below par for fitment to this KR200!
     
  16. Geedee

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    Hope this works...
     

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    Great stuff! Always wanted one of those. A guy at my local Aero Club had three of them, and was deliberating whether or not to paint one as a '109! But that was back in the early 80's !
    Gary, you last posted clip didn't want to work.
     
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    My Brother in Law has two of these, one of which is used for spares, but he does have the ultimate extra. A clock taken from a Me109 that crash landed in the desert near his Dads AA unit.
    I cannot say how much I wanted to mount the clock, but you have to admit that its rightful place is in another Messerschmitt.
     
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    I saw one of them in Maryland in 1962 or 63. It had hit a light pole head on ! U G L Y !!!

    Sorta reminded me of the Italian Isetta
     

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