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1957-1959 BERKELEY Sport SE492 specifications

1957-1959 BERKELEY Sport SE492 specifications Classic and Performance Car

First real update to the series saw power boosted by the fitment of a three-cylinder Excelsior motorcycle engine. The car was now considerably quicker, topping out at 80mph, a feat proved in motor sport, when Giovanni Lurani found success running a team of three (with his own design of hardtop) in the Italian 750cc GT class of racing. The pinnacle of Berkeley’s success was when Lorenzo Bandini scored a win in the 1958 Monza-12 hour race. A Foursome four-seater was also introduced, proving the flexibility of Laurie Bond’s original design.

Production

  • Production:
    666
  • Price at launch:
    £650
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,500
  • Price (good):
    £4,500
  • Price (average):
    £2,400
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    21.8secs
  • Top speed:
    80.0mph
  • Power:
    30.0bhp
  • Torque:
    36.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    33.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line three
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Steering:
    worm and nut
  • Bodyframe:
    glassfibre monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3124mm
  • Wheelbase:
    1778mm
  • Width:
    1270mm
  • Height:
    1080mm
  • Weight:
    318kgs
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