Thursday, October 24, 2019

Yamahahahaha: 1958 Berkeley SE492

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 you can even find examples that have reliable engine swap from a Japanese sport bike. Find this 1958 Berkeley SE492 offered for $6900 in Morgan Hill, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1958 SE492
condition: good
cylinders: 3 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: other
title status: clean
transmission: manual
Extremely rare 1958 Berkeley SE492 roadster. Currently running a Suzuki GT550 motor. Also includes an original Excelsior 492 motor. Lots of spare parts. Runs and drives, but still needs some sorting. Classic British Sports car.

Keywords; MG, Jaguar, Triumph, Morgan, Messerschmitt, Isetta, Microcar, MGA, MGB, TR3 

See a better way to drive something British?


  1. Needs some sorting - My gosh, the wiring maybe? Wow!

  2. Well you have to hand it to this guy, he took out one weird two stroke half liter three cylinder engine and replaced it with another weird half liter two stroke three cylinder engine. He did give it a 51cc bump in displacement, so there is that.

    1. And I suspect that he also at least double the horsepower (did not do my research, so I am prepared to be flamed). If that is correct, this thing would be fun/terrifying to drive.


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