Cousin IT drives one – and I can see why


Everyone’s favorite spooky family the Adams Family's weird Cousin It drives a KR200 Messerschmitt and you have just got to look at our photo to see why. It is bizarre! Messerschmitt were a famous German aircraft manufacturer but after the war they were not allowed to produce any more aircraft so they got into the car/bike business. The vehicle had a rear mounted 191 cc Sachs single cylinder two stroke engine and three wheels, and handle bar steering. It had a top speed of just over 60mph with good handling but the brakes were another thing, many needed brake upgrades just to make the machine stop. Later the company made 4 wheel version, and they also made prefabricated houses before being allowed to manufacture aircraft again in 1968. Cousin It wasn't the only celebrity to drive one of these funny little vehicles, the King of Rock n'Roll Elvis Presley also had a red one in his extensive automotive collection. We took this picture at the Toyota Automotive Museum in Nagoya Japan where they have a huge showcase of iconic vehicles.

2 thoughts on “Cousin IT drives one – and I can see why

  1. The Messerschmitt KR200 was capable of 62 mph and will criuse all day at 55-58 mph. At that speed the brakes are only adiquate. Not sure where the figure of 35 mph came from but at that speed you would not expect poor brakes.
    I respect your window on various cars is not a full specification but Messerschmitt did not actually make the car, FMR did using an unused factory and design input from Messerschmitt. The real constructor is actually automotively much more interesting being a wartime aircraft mechanic. There are overtones of the Odessa File in the way his Flitzer was picked up and turned into the KR175 then KR200, the car known as the Messerschmitt.

    Big Al

  2. Thanks Alan we have updated the speed info. I think we got the info from the sign at the Toyota Museum… must of been something lost in translation.

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