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If you were a RAF Spitfire or Hurricane pilot during the Battle of Britain and if you saw three Messerschmitts at twelve o'clock, your certain death would have been imminent. But that's exactly what you see: three Messerschmitts at twelve o'clock!

Messerschmitt AG at Augsburg was a very successful producer of aircraft, of which the Bf 108 "Taifun", the fighter Bf 109 (opponent of Spitfires and Hurricanes) and the first jet fighter Me 262 "Schwalbe" were outstanding.

But what to do when war is lost and aircraft production forbidden?

Start producing cars, make use of your aircraft design habits and a small 10,2 HP engine, and you come out with three-wheeled Messerschmitt Kabinenroller, nicknamed Snow White coffin! KR 200 started in 1955 and cost 2395 DM then, while KR 201 is a 1956 economy roadster version of KR 200 without side windows, which could be ordered with a foldable canopy. The third one I don't remember exactly, but as four wheels are visible, I assume it is Tg 500, a sport version from 1957 with 19,9 HP and vmax = 130 km/h which was considerable in a time when a Porsche 356 could only reach 145 km/h. The Messerschmitts were built until 1964, being probably the only cars with an instruction manual "how to get in".

British TE friends: Now that you are leaving EU more or less intentionally, what about using some Messerschmitts near the White Cliffs of Dover and with some brexiteers inside, for the sake of your great country?

Auto- und Uhrenwelt, Schramberg, Black Forest. Repost of a capture published 19-01-03.

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