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:
cylinders: 3 cylinders
title status: clean
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.
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