Messerschmitt KR200 Cabin Scooter Bubble Top
This is one of the most famous types of ‘bubble car’, in part due to its aircraft-like appearance.
Still, getting in and out of the car was difficult as the bubble top had to be tilted. In addition, the car’s turning circle was substantial.
Around 1952, the German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend developed a three-wheeled car for the disabled, with a small, rear-mounted Sachs engine. This small car was however soon adapted as a cheap mode of transport. Seeking a business partner to mass-produce the car he came across Willy Messerschmitt.
During World War Two Messerschmitt was the most successful manufacturer of fighter planes for the Luftwaffe. However, after the war the Allied Powers prohibited Messerschmitt from producing aircraft. The company managed to survive by manufacturing sewing machines and car parts.
When Messerschmitt was allowed to resume the production of aircraft in 1956 Fritz Fend took over the car-production business and was permitted to continue using the Messerschmitt name. The cars were produced until 1962.