1959 FMR Tg500
The Finest Auction – Boca Raton, FL
February 11, 2017
Micro cars are small and mighty! Their values have skyrocket in recent years. Be ready to pay more for less in the upcoming years as these mighty micros reach over $250k. This is just one example of what to expect.
The FMR Tg500 is a sports car built by Fahrzeugund 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.
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 sub-frame 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.