Westrand Car Show - 1959 Berkeley T60

Berkeley T 60 Micro Car

Berkeley Cars of Bedfordshire, England produced economical sporting microcars with motorcycle-derived engines from 322 cc to 692 cc and front wheel drive between 1956 and 1960. Berkeley Coachworks were at the time one of the largest manufacturers of caravans in Europe

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Entering the motorcar business was an ideal project for them as they had developed considerable skills in the use of Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).The early cars were an immediate success on the home market, and several derivative models were produced over the four years of car production. But hard times lay ahead.

The company launched the 3-wheel T60 in September 1959. It was available as a hardtop and an open coupe. The T60 and later the T60/4 (which was a 4 seater) were driven by air cooled 328 cc Excelsior talisman engines mounted transversely and linked to a 4-speed gearbox.

The T60 was well received and some were even exported to the USA. But the caravan market collapsed towards the end of 1960, and Berkeley’s poor cash flow forced the company into liquidation in December 1960, taking its car manufacturing activities with it.  In all about 1800 T60 models and 50 T60/4 models were built in the 14 months of production.

The Berkeley factory was later used by Kayser Bondor Ltd to make women’s underwear, but it was demolished in 2002 and the site turned into a housing estate. A road named ‘Berkeley Close’ in the housing estate provides the only obvious link to the car factory.

Today there is an active owner’s club (the Berkeley Enthusiasts’ Club), which provides a range of parts and services aimed at preserving the remaining few hundred cars known to survive worldwide.

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The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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1959 Berkeley T60 – SG2012
1959 Berkeley T60 – SG2012
1959 Berkeley T60 – SG2012
1960 Berkeley T60 – Stotheh at English Wikipedia [Public domain]