After World War II, German aircraft maker Messerschmitt was prohibited for a time from manufacturing new planes. The company's chief, Willy Messerschmitt, turned his mind to economical vehicles he called Kabinenrollers, or "cabin scooters."
The earliest successful model was the KR 175, but by January 1954 the KR 200, was already underway. The new car carried over the KR 175's stylish ochre interior with beige trim, but added a proper suspension for better road-holding, a bigger motor and an electric reverse. This model gets its name from its first owner, American entertainer Vic Hyde, who took it straight off the factory floor.