Classic Car Photography has a strong interest in Australian Classic Cars, especially the home-grown specials from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The Lightburn Zeta Sports is one of those classic cars of interest, and a unique Lightburn Zeta Sports Coupe model is up for auction at a special microcar auction to be conducted by RM Auctions in the US on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Here’s what R M Auctions has to say about this auction lot:
Estimate: $15,000-$25,000 US
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
Manufacturer: Lightburn Vehicles Ltd.
Origin: Novar Gardens, South Australia
Motor: Fichtel & Sachs 2-cyl, 2-stroke
Displacement: 498 cc
Power: 18.5 hp
Length: 10 ft. 7 in.
Identification No. 1002
The Austin Mini had proved to be too much competition for Harold Lightburn’s Lightburn Runabout, even after a number of Australia-specific “Ute” pickups were tried, so he changed the direction of his automotive division to produce a small sports car, the Lightburn Zeta Sports.
In 1959, Lightburn had obtained the rights to build the Frisky Sprint and persuaded the people responsible for its design, Gordon Bedson and Keith Peckmore, to come to Australia and develop the Sprint for production. The doors were deleted, as was the headrest fairing, and the windshield was changed. Power was provided by the Sachs 500 twin formerly used in the FMR Tg 500.
This is the only example of a Zeta Sports Coupe ever constructed. Its fixed top complements the lines of the body very well, without it appearing top-heavy. The full-length doors provide a long, sought after, conventional access to the well-fitted interior and the directional indicators have been moved to a much more visible position on the coupe top. This car is an opportunity to bring the stylish Zeta Sports to the level of its full potential as an attractive and very useable all-weather sports car.
Click here to visit the R M Auctions website for the original advertisement.
Note also that the RM Auctions special microcar auction also includes a Lightburn Zeta Sports (restored) and a Goggomobil Dart (restored) as well as various models and automobilia. Click here to visit the main website.