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Berkeley

Berkeley were Caravan makers in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire (UK) and in 1956 they introduced their first 4-wheeled sports car that was designed by Laurie Bond.  In 1959 a 3-wheeled version was announced as the Berkeley T60.  The T60 was powered by an Excelsior Talisman 328cc twin-cylinder engine and had a streamlined fibreglass body that also incorporated an aluminium-alloy chassis that was bonded into the body.  The primary drive of the car was through a multi-plate wet clutch where as the secondary drive was by chain to a differential and then through Hardy Spicer universal joints and half shafts to the front wheels.

The T60 came in two forms as a Hard top or a Soft top and as a standard or Deluxe model, the Deluxe featuring extra dashboard instruments and a spare wheel.  The vehicle had a bench type seat at the front of the vehicle for both front occupants and an occasional seat for two children in the rear. A T60/4 version was also introduced in September 1960 that had four separate seats. Due to financial problems Berkeley’s were only manufactured until December 12th 1960 when the company then ceased trading.

 

A 1960 Berkeley T60 (My thanks to Roger Grainger for this photograph of his vehicle)

Supporting Documents:

Roadtest from The MotorCycle Magazine. 1959

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