16 August 1998
SELECTED VEHICLES FROM THE AUTOLAND COLLECTION
The following six vehicles come from the private collection of Michael Lee Malamut, the President and founder of Autoland. Founded in 1971, Autoland has developed into the largest auto brokerage service for credit unions on the west coast of the USA with some 74 locations. Michael himself has always been an admirer of classic cars and started to collect cars around twenty-five years ago. Michael greatly enjoys his hobby and particularly likes to ensure that all his cars are in fine mechanical and driving condition and are not merely show cars. Some years ago, Michael opened his own car museum under the Autoland banner as an item of interest for his clients. Recently, the museum and office headquarters has relocated from downtown Los Angeles to Sherman Oaks. In July of this year, the museum also opened to the public. The following six lots are being sold as part of the process of changing the inventory and will allow some fresh new cars to join the collection.
1960 MESSERSCHMITT KR-200 CABRIOLET
Chassis No. 75183
Red with red interior
Engine: Fichtel & Sachs single cylinder, two stroke, 198cc; Gearbox: 4 forward speeds, electric reverse; Suspension: rubber torsion; Brakes: three wheel cable drum. Direct handlebar steering.
The Messerschmitt is probably the best known of all microcars. Produced by the German aircraft company of the same name, the little machines combined the features of small car, motor scooter and airplane and were the brainchild of Fritz Feud, former technical officer to the aircraft company.
Motor car comfort at microcar costs! So ran a typical advertisement for the new KR-200 Messerschmitt which featured improvements over the KR-175 such as new steering, new lighting, new controls, new panoramic windscreen and a 200cc engine capable of 62mph. An electric starter and electrically operated reverse gear added to the technical specification, while double dip twin headlamps and flashing indicators improved driving. In countries such as England the car cost ?335.13/4 when new and they offered an attractive alternative to four wheel cars, especially as annual road tax was much reduced, and driven carefully, it was possible to achieve 87 miles per gallon. Road testers of the day were praiseworthy, often surprised by the abilities and potential of these delightful machines.
Michael Malamut has a particular fondness for microcars and his collection houses several different examples. This example was acquired a few years ago and is surplus to the requirements of the museum. It was previously restored by a prior owner and was a good solid car prior to the restoration. While in the collection the car has been fully repainted and fitted with new upholstery. While these cars are certainly rare, especially in the USA, they do cause a tremendous stir and interest wherever they appear. Indeed last year the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance had a special class for microcars.
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