Up for sale on CraigsList, this 1959 Berkeley B-95 is actually powered by a Royal Enfield motor. Outfitted for the race track, the model weighs 850 pounds and comes with an aluminum frame and a fiberglass body. To accommodate the big Royal Enfield motor, the Berkeley’s hood had to be slightly modified but it only adds to the appeal of this rather unusual vehicle.
The B-95 sports car was produced between 1956 and 1960 by Bedfordshire, England-based Berkeley Cars Ltd. Though a majority of their productions were three-wheelers that were taxed and registered as motorcycles, the company’s four wheelers also gained popularity with the more suave crowd. These swanky petite sports cars apparently reached top speeds of 96 mph which is what their name supposedly stood for. Even without an earth-shattering top speed, the 1959 Berkeley B-95 is quite the nifty little racer and the great looking mini sports car is perfect for vintage racing events and weekend excursions.
The firm produced only around 200 B-95s and only 12 of them were left-hand-drive versions since the limited run vehicle was mainly produced for UK-based clientele. This particular Berkeley, also a leftie, was restored for vintage racing and for display at a museum before its previous owner put it up for sale. The completely restored vehicle, however, does not come with the original 692cc Royal Enfield Super Meteor engine. Instead, a 750cc Royal Enfield (possibly Interceptor) powerplant has been fitted into the vehicle which comes mated to an original Albion transmission modded to include the reverse gear which obviously the made-for-motorbikes transmissions did not come factory-fitted to reverse.
The front wheel driven 1959 Berkeley B-95 looks suitably muscular for a vintage sports car though its bulging hood did not win it any laurels when it was first made. However, the vehicle is perfectly suited to the vintage race car craze in more contemporary circles and its silhouettes even appear to be quite pleasing.
The blood red paintjob on this 1959 Berkeley B-95 is quite stunning though a little too bold for a vehicle from the era. On the inside, the dash comes with instruments in the center. With air vents at the side, the vehicle comes with an ultra-low windshield which shouldn’t be a problem for anyone driving this thing since it wasn’t meant for very high speeds. The suave set of wheels also comes with a single seat which means that this vehicle is perhaps best left reserved for long weekend drives when you need to get away from your busy schedule and spend some quality time with yourself.
Via: Royal Enfields