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1958 Berkeley SE492 Sports

1958 Berkeley SE492 Sports 1958 Berkeley SE492 Sports 1958 Berkeley SE492 Sports The three cylinder 492cc engine with three carburetors was capable of producing 30 horsepower achieving a 80 mph speed. This period race car is equipped with finned brake drums, factory reinforced wheels and a factory downdraft Zenith carburetors. The total weight of this race car is a little over 600 pounds. The SE492 was introduced to the public at a 1957 Motorshow alongside of the SE328. The SE492's were constructed to be either left or right hand drive and most were exported to the US. Production was low with around 650 examples of the two seaters being created.

The original Berkely Manufacturing Company produced cars as early as 1913. The cars were powered by 18 horsepower engines. The company reappeared near the close of the 1950's and was located in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

'The Berkeley is going places....FAST' - The 1958 Berkely was manufactured in Briggleswade, England by Travel Trailer maker, Berkeley, in unused factory space. Engineer Laurie Bond designed this front wheel drive, fiberglass bodied Monocoque car in 1956. The front wheel drive is chain driven and the transaxle has four forward speeds.

The engine is a 492cc air-cooled 2-cycle 3-cylinder that develops 30 bhp at 5500 rpm and is capable of 90 mph. This Berkeley was raced when new. 660 were built. The car was found in an overgrown backyard in Florida (where it had set for 20+ years). The car was restored over a 12-year period.

The SE492 was introduced to the public at a 1957 Motorshow alongside of the SE328. The SE492's were constructed to be either left or right hand drive and most were exported to the US.

The three cylinder 492 cc engine with three carburetors was capable of producing 30 horsepower. Top speed was achieved at 80 mph.

Production was low with around 650 examples of the two seaters being created. The four-seaters was even more rare with 16 examples created.

The original Berkely Manufacturing Company produced cars as early as 1913. The cars were powered by 18 horsepower engines. The company reappeared near the close of the 1950's and was located in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. The designs were created by Laurie Bond while Charles Panter provided the finacial backing. In total there were four models created and production lasted only a few years ending in 1960.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017

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