Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Triple Triple: 1959 Berkeley Sports SE 492

Berkeley Cars Ltd out of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England had a short run of low-priced sporty microcars starting back in 1956 and ultimately ending in bankruptcy in 1960.  Unfortunately, the company was just starting to get their formula of front-wheel-drive motorcycle powered fiberglass things with cars like the Sports SE492 when their main business (building Glass-reinforced plastic "caravans") when belly up.  Luckily, you can get a basket case Berkeley for cheap and re-live the assembly and build process with this 1959 Berkeley Sports SE 492 here on eBay bidding for $2105 with 2 days to go, located in Hollywood, FL.

From the seller:
Started in England in 1956 and ending in 1960 Berkeley Cars Ltd built fiberglass bodied sports cars with motorcycle derivative engines. This Berkeley model SE492 Sports Twosome is one of only 666 manufactured between 1959 and 1960. A superior model to the original SE328, it is fitted with a larger 30bhp Excelsior 3 cylinder 492cc engine and triple carburators.
Paired with a 4 speed gearbox this model has a top speed of 80 mph.

This left hand drive rolling car is #508, and comes with it's original matching numbers engine # 382. Engine is in very good condition, uninstalled, this project will need some attention to complete. Included in the sale is everything shown in pictures. The body shows no obvious cracks or signs of damage, and the gauges are intact. The transmission shifter is mounted in the floor.

This car was bought as a project and stored for many years, however loss of warehouse forces sale. An active Berkeley Enthusiasts Club has readily available tech information and parts for sale among other sources.

SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Will be ready and able to assist with shipping.  

See a better way to start collecting glass bits in under your skin?


  1. Always thought that swapping the engine from one of these
    into a Berkeley would be amusing.

    They look so good, but it's always a surprise when you see one in real life and realize how tiny they are.

  2. These are exceptionally tiny cars! I saw one at the local Cars-n-Coffee last year, parked next to an Opel GT. The Opel looked big! I agree on the Hayabusa swap, but that might make the car an insanely crazy car to drive.


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