With today’s high gas prices, a motorcycle powered sports car sounds like a good idea to us. It is not a new concept though as Berkeley Cars was cranking them out back in the fifties. The first in their “Sports” line was the SA322. This one was imported from the UK and is need of a full restoration. It does look complete though and bidding starts at only $1.25 here on eBay.
The Anzani twin cylinder didn’t make much power, but when connected to the front wheels of Berkeley’s small lightweight bodies they made for brisk performers. These little chain-driven cars may look primitive today, but they had to seem cutting edge when compared to the offerings of the day. They also surprised test drivers with their agility because the whole package weighed in at a slender 700 pounds.
You may be tempted to buy this car and cramp a modern cycle engine up front for more thrills, but we encourage you to go a different route. Many of these were raced when new so the original engines were replaced or they were scraped all together after being used up. The original engine is included with the sale so we hope this one will get restored to its original configuration.
Today’s cars are anchored down with safety devices and heavy metal reinforcements. We do appreciate the protection, but few of us will ever get to experience what it feels like to drive a lightweight sports car. Acceleration, braking, and turning happen so much quicker in a car like this and that is reason enough to give up modern convenience and comfort, at least for the day…