As far as unfamiliar automotive manufacturers go, Autocars of Haifa in Israel is among those least recognised, especially in the west. created in 1957 rolling out a small collection of its own unique makes (Carmel, Sussita, Gilboa), in addition to assembling a number of extra models (Triumph 1300 and Hino Contessa) from kits during the ’60s and ’70s. In 1960 proprietor Yitzhak Shubinsky introduced the primary Israeli-made Sabra pickup to the New York Auto Presentation, but unfortunately, it didn’t catch too many eyes. He then embarked upon a new undertaking, of which transformed into the 1962 Sabra Sport Roadster above.
The ‘Roadster includes a Ford 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs as well as front disc/rear drum brakes.
The unique design for the Sabra’s physique was created by Ashley Laminates and the chassis from Leslie Ballamy. Laminates is most well known for its bodies for Austin Sevens and Morgans whereas Ballamy is known for constructing axles for Austin, Ford and Allard.
During production, 144 vehicles were shipped to the USA, 81 went to Belgium, and the remaining models elsewhere. In total there were only 379 produced between 1961-68. The model above, manufactured in England has clocked just 653 miles, making it possibly be the lowest-mile model to date.
The Sabra was bought by a supplier in Florida and saved in storage for almost 40 years before it was then found by a fanatic in 2000, displaying only 40 miles. It received a full-scale restoration and travelled to multiple shows, earning its place in the field winning over 4 awards in the one tour.
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