1956 Berkeley Sports SA322 (SE328)

Lot: TBA

Estimate (£): 9,000 - 11,000
(+buyer’s premium of 13.2% including VAT @ 20%)
Offered for sale is a 0.328L 1956 Berkeley Sports SA328 manual that has been with the current owner for the last 4 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 106 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Early production car with upgraded 328cc Excelsior engine...

 

  • Major rebuild in 2000 followed by recent fibreglass specialist respray
  • Many years spent in Microcar museum and very few miles covered since restoration
  • Well-presented with sharp, bright blue paintwork and inviting cream interior with lots of instruments
  • 328cc Excelsior motorcycle engine, 18bhp, 62mph, 0-50 in 30.6 secs when new
  • Radical super-light aluminium monocoque and fibreglass construction giving great handling characteristics
  • Mechanically very sound with much work carried out over the years including an overhaul in 2015

 

Lot Details

Registration: NAS 705 RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1956 Engine size: 0.328L
Make: Berkeley Odometer reading (miles): 18800
Model: Sports SA328 MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: 27

CCA Condition Report

Overall: 106 / 135

Exterior

Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:
Trim:

Remarks

Radical super-light aluminium monocoque and fibreglass construction giving great handling characteristics. Very smart after a recent respray by a Jaguar/Lotus specialist.

Interior

Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:

Remarks

Interior is lovely with original steering wheel and a host of dials set on white leathercloth

Engine

Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:

Transmission

Gears: Drive-shaft:
Clutch:

Remarks

3-speed and reverse with a floor-mounted gear lever as opposed to a column shift.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:

Remarks

All good.

Electrics

Minor: Major:

Remarks

OK. Lights are not the brightest, reverse on a switch mounted on the dash and indicators have a switch on RHS of steering wheel.  Fitted with a Siba Dynastart to provide both battery charging and electric starting.

Vehicle History

Remarks

One of the very first cars, Chassis 27-SA322 would initially have been fitted with a British Anzani twin-cylinder 322 cc two-stroke engine producing 15 bhp and mounted transversely, driving the front wheels via a chain and three-speed gearbox. Subsequently upgraded to the larger 328cc Excelsior engine from an SE328.  Many years spent in Microcar museum and very few miles covered since restoration.In 1956. Stirling Moss launched the SA322 at Goodwood and last year this car went back and created lots of attention. Pictures of the car in bare glass fibre.  

About the CCA Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history