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February 27, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Out Of This World Looking Cabin Scooter Heads To Amelia Island

It’s hard to look at this 1959 Messerschmitt KR 200 and not start singing to yourself, “Meet George Jetson” and that’s in part for a good reason, it was designed by an aircraft engineer.

Though never meant to fly, German aircraft engineer Fritz Fend obviously designed this cabin scooter with aircrafts on his mind. While the outside details are an obvious nod to aviation with the bubbled cockpit, Fend’s aviation background truly shines in the interior with the “steering bar.” This provides the cabin scooter with a steering system that slides side-to-side in order to turn the wheels. However, the coolest engineering element is the engine, a Fichtel & Sachs two-stroke. This single cylinder engine is able to start in the opposite direction meaning that in reverse the cabin scooter can reach the same top-speed in both directions.

Born in Germany, this unique creation came to the United States in 1972 and his since spent its life in North America with a stent in Nova Scotia, Canada as well. The cabin scooter has undergone a nut and bolt restoration restoring the scooter to its original turquoise and design elements throughout. Offered at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction this odd, but intriguing KR 200 cabin scooter will cross the block on Saturday, March 9th and is predicted to fetch as much as $65,000.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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