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New Bandit takes Berkeley back to the future

28.10.2020

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Berkeley Bandit, the last car designed and engineered by British brand Berkeley and built at Berkeley Coachworks in 1960. Sixty years since the Old Warden aerodrome doors closed, they’re open again thanks to former aviation and automotive industrial designer Martin Rees and motorsport engineer Simon Scleater. Proud to  

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IN THE PRESS

A company that built sports cars in the 1950s has announced it will produce vehicles again at the same site which closed its doors 60 years ago.

Production of the Berkeley Bandit will begin in 2021 at the Old Warden aerodrome in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

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Listen to the Berkeley piece at: 2:01:00 (shoutout), 2:07:00 (Martin Rees'piece, 2:50:00 onwards (piece with Simon Scleater).

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TOP GEAR

Berkeley is back with a brand-new Bandit

UNITED KINGDOM - 30.10.2020

Anyone here remember Berkeley? You’re completely forgiven if you don’t – the Biggleswade-based company produced mainly microcars way back in the 1950s but went into liquidation during a failed attempt at launching a mainstream sports car in 1960.

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Berkeley está preparando su Bandit para llegar al mercado con carrocerías Coupé y Roadster y con motor EcoBoost o propulsión eléctrica.

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De 2.3 EcoBoost is straks ook in een lichtgewicht Britse roadster, de Berkeley Bandit, te krijgen. Dat is in ieder geval het plan.

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AUTOMOTOR

Feltámad a Berkeley márka

HUNGARY - 30.10.2020

Nagy-Britanniában 1956-60 között lehetett megvásárolni a Berkeley autókat, a lakókocsigyártás mellékvágányaként létrejött manufaktúra járművei különösen könnyűek voltak (300 kg), így motorkerékpár-blokkok hajtották a kerekeket.

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DRIVE TRIBE

Guess who's back!

31.10.2020

So basically, it all started back in 1959, in a little place in England called Bedfordshire when some person presumably had a great idea and said something inspirational and did a thing in a shed probably, and bish bash bosh Berkeley Motors was a thing.

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DRIVETRIBE

Berkeley is back

 01.11.2020

Berkeley Cars are a small sports car company from Biggleswade, about 15 miles from my house. They manufactured a series of microcars and superlight sports cars through the 1950s and 1960s powered by small motorcycle engines.

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Six decades after it came and went without much fuss, the Berkeley Bandit is ready to make its triumphant return. 

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60 years ago the Berkeley Bandit was produced, it was the last car designed and engineered by British brand Berkeley and built at Berkeley Coachworks in 1960. Only 2 cars were ever launched to market.

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If you’re not familiar with the Berkeley Bandit, you’re not alone as the model was introduced 60 years ago and shortly before the company went bust.

While only two cars were built, the Bandit is being revived thanks to automotive industrial designer Martin Rees and motorsport engineer Simon Scleater.

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This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Berkeley Bandit, the last car designed and engineered by British brand Berkeley and built at Berkeley Coachworks, near Biggleswade, in 1960.

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HAGERTY

Quirky British sports car rises from the grave

UNITED KINGDOM - 30.10.2020

Sixty years after Berkeley Sports Cars shuttered its factory, the little company is back with an innovative new roadster and coupe.

Between 1956 and 1960 the company built lightweight fiberglass-bodied sportsters, mostly powered by tiny two-stroke engines.

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You are likely less familiar with Berkeley, a British marque that made sports cars at the Berkeley Coachworks factory way back in the 1950s. Well, the company is set to open its doors once more by producing low-volume sports cars; enter the Bandit Roadster and Bandit GT Coupe. 

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La compañía británica vuelve a la actividad con el regreso de un biplaza que superará los 400 CV.

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Под маркой Berkeley в период с 1956 по 1960 год в Великобритании выпускались лёгкие спорткары с мотоциклетными моторами и стеклопластиковыми кузовами.

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Automaker Berkeley Cars had only existed for five years spanning from 1956 through 1960, but it was prolific with its releases, having launched 12 production models before insolvency.

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Фірма Berkeley Cars Ltd існувала з з 1956 по 1960 роки і за цей час встигла випустити аж сім моделей машин.

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Automaker Berkeley Cars had only existed for five years spanning from 1956 through 1960, but it was prolific with its releases, having launched 12 production models before insolvency.

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Way back in 1956, Mr. Goodwood himself – the inimitable Sir Stirling Moss – helped launch a brand new British sports car marque, Berkeley, by taking the wheel of the Bedfordshire-based brand’s SA322, a tiny two-cylinder, two-seater drop head, and driving it around the celebrated West Sussex Motor Circuit for its first public outing. 

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Spiritual successor to fifties model claimed to be compatible with petrol, hydrogen fuel cell and battery power. 

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