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Lot 325

c.1958 Berkeley SE-492

Sold for £3,038

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: UN-REG
Chassis No: RAG3
MOT: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Lancashire

  • Very rare four-wheel Berkeley Sports Deluxe SE-492
  • Previously uprated with bodywork and an engine change for hillclimb competitions
  • Offered as a stalled restoration project from a deceased estate

Maverick but brilliant freelance car designer Laurie Bond designed the Berkeley sports car in response to the Suez crisis. Small and incredibly light, with composite glassfibre/steel/aluminium monocoque, transverse engine, front-wheel drive and all-independent suspension with twin wishbones at the front and coil spring/dampers all round, it was way ahead of its time at launch in 1956. Unfortunately, most sports car types didn't adapt well to low-powered, high maintenance British two-stroke motorcycle engines of the time, despite some significant racing successes, assisting their rarity now.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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