Lot 321 - 1960 12862 T60 Coupé
|Odometer reading||67,717 miles|
|Estimate||£2,000 - £5,000|
|Result||Sold - £2,240|
The Berkeley was a very popular British sports car; its creator, Laurie Bond, was one of the more successful designers of mini cars in England. In 1956 he joined forces with Charles Panter and produced three prototypes, the bodies of which were made of two plastic parts, with a box-shaped substructure and suspension with engine compartment reinforced with aluminium, forming a fibreglass monocoque structure. The first Berkeleys, the B60s, were four-wheelers and had 322cc Anzani two-stroke motors. International recognition came from the string of successes achieved by Count 'Johnny' Lurani's team of 492cc cars at Verona, Monza and in the Mille Miglia.
The B65 then became the T60, a three-wheeler, able to be driven on a motorcycle licence.
This 1960 Berkeley T60 is a late chassis number vehicle which we believe to have been originally convertible. In the 1970's, many Berkeley's were kept on the road thanks to an engineering programme run by David Ratner who specialised in modifying the cars commonly with Austin Mini 850cc mechanics and ancillaries giving spritely performance. This car carries the Ratner hallmarks, in particular the headlight modification and quite specifically the hardtop which Ratner's Berkeley Development Company was known to have undertaken on several cars during this period to match the original manufactured design. The car is also equipped with the slot-fix side windows. In 1996, this car was issued a new V5C which notes first registration and/or use in 1960 and has spent the majority of its life since in Cumbria and then Scotland within two large Motorbike and Microcar collections. With all MOT's since 1996 in the history file, this has seen regular use of up to 1,000 miles per year. On 10th August this year the owner drove the car from Newcastle to London, covering 330 miles in 6hrs. He reported that what the car failed to deliver in modern comforts, it made up for in reliability and eager performance throughout the journey. The current MoT test certificate runs to the end of March 2014 and shows no advisories. Whilst the car is presented in good mechanical and structural order there is scope for paint and detailing improvements. A rare, fun and attractive three-wheel British microcar ready to be enjoyed.
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