What Happened To The Three-Wheeled Car Built By An Airplane Manufacturer

The Messerschmitt KR200 is a popular collectible microcar from the ’50s. It was manufactured by an aerospace company after World War II. The income from the KR200 kept the aerospace company in business during a post-war ban on airplane manufacturing.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: Microcars. You know, those tiny cars that look like they barely fit one person, typically powered by a motorcycle engine, and most importantly, affordable. In the ’50s, they could be seen puttering down European streets. As silly as a lot of these cars looked, they were actually a big business. So big, in fact, that one actually saved an aerospace company from going out of business.

Narrator: This is the Messerschmitt KR200. KR stands for Kabinenroller, which translates to “cabin scooter.” It’s a pretty accurate description of the car since it has a motorcycle engine and handlebars for a steering wheel.  

Jeff Lane: The Messerschmitt was also touted as a three-seater. So their claim was that one person, of course, sat in the front to drive, and then you could have two people in the back, one on each side, they put their legs up like this. They’d have to be smaller people, and, of course, you gotta remember that these cars were made to go 10, 20, 30 miles. They weren’t made to drive across California or anything like that.

Narrator: Preceding the KR200 was the Fend Flitzer, a microcar conceived by German designer Fritz Fend. It was made to be an accessible car for people who use wheelchairs.Jeff: It was very similar to this car. And he made the door open like this, so if you were in a wheelchair, you could wheel up to the car like this, and then you would transfer over, bring your legs over like that, get in, and then — down like that, and you could drive the car.

Narrator: The full potential of the Fend Flitzer wouldn’t be realized until after World War II. When a postwar ban on aircraft production in Germany went in effect, airplane manufacturer Messerschmitt AG had to look for other ways to stay in business. Fortunately for them, Fritz Fend, you know, the guy behind the Fend Flitzer, lacked the resources to mass-produce his vehicle.

Jeff: So he proposed to Messerschmitt in 1952 that they make this a production car. They agreed that was a good idea, and so they hired him to basically take his design and improve upon it. The Messerschmitt was actually very successful in terms of a microcar, ’cause they made about 25,000 Messerschmitt microcars.

Narrator: Those 25,000 KR200s kept the Messerschmitt AG manufacturing plant busy and brought in enough income to keep the lights on for the duration of the ban on airplane production.

Jeff: In 1956, Messerschmitt was allowed to go back to making airplanes, and they really lost any interest they had in building the cars. So they sold the car to Fritz Fend, and he continued to build cars until 1964.Narrator: Today, the KR200 finds its way into the collections of nostalgic car enthusiasts and people who find the microcar era fascinating, like Mark Hatten.

Mark Hatten: So, I came into possession of this car from an advertisement through the microcar club back in 2007. One of the things that fascinates me about this car is its shape,  the bubble-dome top, and how you enter and exit the car. It’s exhilarating, it’s very fun, it’s very nimble, it’s very quick. It’s nonstop reactions. People want to know about it, know what it is, they want to know how much it costs, they want to know if it’s for sale, they want to know all about it. It’s probably one of my most fun little project cars. I’m so glad that I got it and I’m able to share it with people. 

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What Happened To The Three-Wheeled Car Built By An Airplane Manufacturer

Stretch Van Feels Like A Private Jet

Klassen is a German tuning company that builds deluxe stretch vehicles. Many of their available cars are expanded by over a full meter. Each vehicle’s private cabin is adorned with everything one needs for luxury traveling.

For more, check out: http://www.klassen-luxury.com/

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: German aftermarket supplier Klassen builds only what can be described as private jets on wheels. The company takes premium vehicles and turns them into deluxe stretch limousines that cater to the demands of the most high-level clients. This rendering illustrates just how far the company lengthens factory vehicles in order to provide the space and comfort their customers desire. This Mercedes-Benz stretch V-Class van is a prime example. Inside passengers will find a huge flat-screen monitor with built-in PlayStation 4 and multimedia system, automatic folding tables, Champagne flutes, a coffee maker, a humidor, a biometric safe for your valuables, and more. In addition, everything from the interior lighting to the cabinets can be controlled remotely via iPad.

Klassen’s COO Samuel Klassen describes just what goes into designing these tricked-out vehicles.

Samuel Klassen: Typically the time to build a van takes approximately 3 to 4 months. It depends which options the customer would like to have. Sometimes we have requests from customers to install a toilet, special multimedia systems, or extra controls. Sometimes they want to have the whole interior covered by special leather. We also have in our product range stretch cars and armored vehicles. Time to build a car like this can take approximately as one year.

Narrator: As luxurious as Klassen’s stretch V-Class is, it may not even be the most impressive offering in the company’s extensive catalog which includes a stretch Mercedes-Maybach sedan and a Range Rover over 1 meter longer than its production model.

Samuel: The most expensive vehicle we build for now is the Range Rover Autobiography. We stretch it by 1 meter, make it armored, and add many options that make for comfortable travel and luxury. And the price of this car is more than €1 million.

Narrator: Klassen isn’t done adding to its arsenal just yet. On the way is a stretch Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV equipped with all new technology from the luxury tuner.

Samuel: We are still working on it. So we will stretch it by 1 meter and make it armored. And also, we will install our new technology that we have already developed so that the interior will be controlled by voice control.

Narrator: So who can afford such an elaborately customized car? Let’s just say it’s not your average car shopper.

Samuel: So we cannot talk about our customers’ names, but our customers are presidents, famous people, and big business people listed on the Forbes list.

By driving our stretch vehicles, or any car from Klassen, customers have the feeling that they are traveling in a private jet or sitting in their living room.

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How This Artist Engraves Entire Cars By Hand

Artist Hank Robinson does custom engravings on cars. He got the idea to use a car as a canvas when Ford came out with an all aluminum F-150 in 2016. Since then he’s engraved two entire cars including the rims, suspension system, and other parts. 

For more from Hanro Studios:
https://www.hanrostudios.com/

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: These intricate engravings are created by Hank Robinson. He’s the owner and operator of Hanro Studios, which focuses on creating one-of-a-kind engravings for its clients. Hank is one of very few engravers who works on cars. He’ll engrave anything from wheels and bumpers to tailgates and fuel tanks. 

Hank Robinson: So, I started engraving in 2011 doing a lot of different aftermarket parts, wheels, intakes, anything to do with the automotive world. And in 2015, Ford came out with the all-aluminum body F-150, And in 2015, Ford came out with the all-aluminum body F-150, and I just knew that was going to be the endgame for me. I just knew I had to do a huge rolling canvas.

Narrator: But Hank did more than just engrave a car. He purchased a Ford F-250 and made a masterpiece called “Aluminati.”

Hank Robinson: I wanted the most badass truck with a mobile engraving station so I could roll up and just live engrave anywhere that I go. So, I really wanted to display and showcase all the different types and styles of engravings that you can do on a vehicle, as well as the different aftermarket parts. So, we have engraving on the body, the bumpers, the wheels, the reservoirs, the entire suspension, and a couple interior components. So, I’m able to use that now as a rolling business card. I attend a lot of shows and do live demos, and it’s really just a great conversation piece. My first large-scale engraving was a 2016 F-150 named “Freedom Blues.” Freedom Blues is a tribute to those who served with those who sacrificed. Being a veteran myself, I wanted to pay homage to my era of warfighters. So, with just under 900 total engraving hours, I was able to depict our experiences at wartime, and it was an awesome experience. I got to finish live engraving at SEMA 2016, which was the first time I got to showcase my engravings on a large platform in front of large audiences.

Narrator: Hank’s attention to detail is what sets his work apart from the rest. It’s even allowed him to work with celebrity clients. So, I have a wide variety of clientele. 

Hank Robinson: Anybody from my neighbor to different veteran organizations, charitable organizations, companies big and small. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with athletes and musicians such as the Dirty Heads. I did a couple pieces for Five Finger Death Punch, Tech N9ne. I’ve been featured on West Coast Customs doing some really cool engraving on Kid Rock’s Cadillac. My process varies for each project. First, I work one-on-one with the client to kind of get the ideas and get a feel for who they are. Once I have all the information, I’ll sketch out a design. Once the design’s finalized, I will use a carbon pen stencil and get my base outlines and just make sure everything’s to scale and in proportion. Once that’s done, it’s time to engrave. I really try to strive and provide engraving for anybody in any aspect of life. I don’t really want it to be just automotive or just one single solid category. I want to do absolutely everything. 

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How This Artist Engraves Entire Cars By Hand

Meet The Guy Who Wraps Celebrities’ Luxury Cars

Celebrity car customizer Yianni Charalambous specializes in incredibly rare and expensive cars. Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, McLaren, Bentley, Rolls Royce, he’s wrapped them all. Among some of the celebrities he has worked with are KSI, Harry Styles, Rupert Grint, Gordon Ramsay, and Anthony Joshua.

For more, visit: https://yiannimize.com/

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