The Messerschmitt KR175 was a German microcar produced between 1953 and 1955 by the aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt AG. The aircraft engineer Fritz Fend designed the car, which was unique for its bubble-like design and aircraft-style controls. The KR175 had a single-cylinder engine that produced ten horsepower and could reach speeds up to 60 km/h.
The KR175 was produced in response to Germany’s need for small, economical vehicles in the post-World War II era. The car’s lightweight, aerodynamic design and small engine made it highly fuel-efficient, making it a popular choice for commuters and city-dwellers. The KR175 was also well-received for its unique, futuristic design and was considered a design icon of the 1950s.
Production of the KR175 was limited to just over 10,000 units, and the car was eventually discontinued in 1955. Today, the Messerschmitt KR175 is considered a classic microcar and is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.