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1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Roadster

The Roadster was a limited-production special edition, which had, in addition to its completely demountable convertible top, numerous equipment upgrades. The interior was in black, the first time that color was used, with striking accents in a faux-snakeskin pattern, highlighted by bright red piping throughout.

The interior side panels featured twin polished aluminum trim strips. The leather belt was in white, and the shift lever had a white knob. The dash panel layout followed the new 1957 specification, with a cream ashtray in place of the clock and a rearranged switchgear incorporating a new light switch. The radio opening had special white speaker cloth under its chrome wire mesh grille.

The roadster body featured fender lamps and portholes, as well as new curved-arm Kontakt mirrors exclusive to this model (and later to the Tiger), which were seen on the headlight pods. New slotted hubcaps with twin-eared spinners added sparkle to the wheels. A measure of protection from the rain was provided by a set of roll-up, soft, clear, vinyl side screens, which attached by press-snaps, the front portion of which could be folded back and held open by a pair of double-sided snaps. The Roadster was finished in a new shade of bright red unique to this model, called Signal Red. In some markets, like England, this was the only color offered, but the home-market cars were available in white also.

F.M.R. was a small company able to cater to individual customer’s wishes, and deviation from standard specs, such as substituting the ashtray for a clock or changing the color, was not unusual. This car is fitted with not only the much sought-after clock, but the ultra-rare WeltFunk Autosuper AU 545 radio, with its separate tube amplifier located under the rear seat. The imitation snakeskin used on the KR 201 was a very bold, mostly black and white pattern (soon fading to brown), which repeated a 10-by-20-inch section over the entire roll. Today, this exact, bold pattern is not available, and the closest thing the restorers found that matched the original were genuine reticulated python skins, which were used throughout.

After a brief run of KR 201 Roadsters over two years, the special-trim model was discontinued, but the Roadster continued to be available on special order to the end of production. They were never identified as a 201 model on the ID plate, so late-production roadsters lacking the special trim are often referred to as 201s as well—still a matter of debate in some circles. Factory original examples of this most elegant and sporting of Messerschmitts are highly sought-after, and this is an outstanding example in every respect.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Regensburger Stahl und Maschinenbau
Origin: Regensburg, Germany
Production: 300
Motor: Fichtel & Sachs 1-cyl, 2-stroke
Displacement: 191 cc
Power: 9.5 hp
Length: 9 ft. 3 in.

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R-162.5 hookup #1 primary start #2 primary finish #3 275 volts #4 center tap #5 275 volts hv winding current capacity is 40 madc 6-7-8 is 6.3 vct at 2 Arms 9-10 is 2.5 volts at 4  Arms SH is electrostatic shield

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I'm so excited to get these to put on my Redline Conquest cyclocross bike.

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SPECIAL SUMMER SALE All of the items listed below are finished products, ready to ship. Pricing is "per pair" Quantities are limited to what is on hand. Preamp (small signal) outputs; B7-5K M4 steel channels $120 (one pair) B7-5K NI steel channels $150 (two...
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