This 1958 Berkeley Gilmore SE492 was the subject of a restoration by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Ohio. You may remember them from our previous feature of their beautiful restoration of an eggshell white 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, linked at the bottom of the next page. There is no information on their site about this Berkeley other than the photos, but we were able to find a YouTube video giving the full low down of this particular car’s history and restoration, embedded on the following page…
Apparently, Berkeley used to build caravans (trailers) out of fiberglass before beginning their delve into the miniature sports car world. The car’s fiberglass shells were constructed in 3 pieces and outfitted with 322cc, 3 cylinder engines. Only approximately 4,200 were made in total between 1956 to 1960, of which about 1,000 were imported to the United States starting in 1957.
We wonder how many ended up as Shrine Member’s parade cars, which would be a shame because they were originally made to take on the race tracks.
This particular example was restored for a customer who wanted it to be recreated to how a Berkeley might have been modified for racing in-period during it’s hey day. Since there are no parts source for these cars as they simply don’t exist any longer, a lot of it had to be custom fabricated.
The end result is stunning, another fine example by Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding. Find this car’s full 9 1/2 minute YouTube feature video here:
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Our feature of their 1958 Alfa Romeo restoration can be found here:
Shop Contact Information:
Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding
5800 Irerland Road
Hartsgrove, Ohio 44099
Pete at 440.567.5491.
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