1958 FMR Tg500 - $285,000

This stunning Tiger was imported into the USA from Germany by Microcar master collector Bruce Weiner. It's very important to note here, that this IS NOT the same Rose-colored Tg500 which sold at RM Auction's 2013 Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. That RM Auction car was chassis number 20554 and this is chassis number is 20525. This car was added to Bruce's collection subsequent to the sale of the other car. 

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This car was thoroughly and comprehensively restored in Europe to a very high standard. It has seen light use since and has been regularly maintained. In absolutely top class cosmetic condition, throughly sorted mechanically and accompanied by an abundance of paperwork and historic documentation, this little beauty ticks all the boxes.

The FMR Tg500 is a sports car built by Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH, Regensburg (FMR) from 1958 to 1961. Based on the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller monocoque, which otherwise was a platform for three-wheelers, the Tg500 was a four-wheeled car with a two-stroke straight-two engine. While the KR200 still used the Messerschmitt name and logo, the Tg500 was badged as a FMR.

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In the summer of 1957, Fritz Fend was at the helm of his own company and was ready to produce his masterwork. His far-reaching concept was to produce a super Karo, in all respects superior to the three-wheeled scooter, particularly in terms of speed and handling. Fichtel & Sachs, suppliers of the trusty Kabinenroller motor for years, had drawings lying on the shelf for a 400cc two-stroke, two cylinder stationary engine. This was increased in displacement to 494cc and fitted with a four speed and reverse gearbox. It was mounted in a very advanced Formula One-style subframe incorporating a fully adjustable rear suspension. Wheels and front suspension arms were increased in size, as were headlamps and brakes, which were now modern hydraulics. The large, plush pilot's seat was needed to handle the phenomenal cornering power of this amazing vehicle. In September 1957, Fritz Fend presented his crowning achievement, the F. M. R. "Tiger" sports vehicle, to sensational acclaim in Germany. Its British debut is still the stuff of legend. Developed as a proper sports car but with an underdeveloped motor, it found a place with enthusiasts but not the general public.

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