Berkeley produced a range of unique sportscars at the Berkeley Coachworks factory in Bedfordshire between 1956 and 1960. They featured a composite chassis and the use of two stroke motorcycle engines, an idea that was so ahead of its time, that it was rediscovered some 40 years later.
Reviving the British manufacturing brand, industrial designer Martin Rees partnered with motorsport engineer Simon Scleater to re-open the doors of Berkeley Coachworks in 2020 to manufacture a range of low-volume, high technology vehicles.
Berkeley originated at the Old Warden airfield in the 1940’s, manufacturing vehicles using recycled aircraft components, and, given the founders’ combined experience in the aerospace and automotive world, Berkeley Sportscars will continue to re-establish links between both. Key technology and materials used in the road cars are tested in the extreme environment of air racing.
Berkeley Coachworks continues to stand for British Engineering excellence and innovation, and will retain its original focus on lightweight, high performance vehicles and classic, beautiful designs while adding a modern, fresh purpose to the brand’s 2020 story.