<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658

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Lot 109
From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection
1964 SABRA GT COUPE

Sold for US$ 93,500 inc. premium
From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection
1964 SABRA GT COUPE

Chassis no. GT4819
Engine no. S305658

1,701cc, SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
61bhp at 4,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension by Coil Springs
Front Disc Brakes, Rear Drum Brakes

*Exceptionally rare make and model
*The only production Israeli car model
*Comprehensively Restored
*Former Belgian Consulate's wife's car



SABRA CARS

Autocars of Haifa, Israel, can lay claim to being the only true car manufacturer that Israel ever produced and was the brainchild of a Itzhak Shubinsky. Naturally proudly using a Jewish metaphor he chose to call his car the 'Sabra', a term appropriated for Jews that are born in Israel, and Hebrew word for a cactus. It is said that the analogy is that it reflects their prickly exterior and a sweet center!

Autocars bought the Sabra's body design from kit-makers Ashley and the rights to its chassis from Les Ballamy, having seen both exhibited at the 1960 Racing Car Show. Their aim was to market these cars here in the United States and in fact they were to debut a prototype at the New York Auto Show in 1961.

Shubinsky contracted Reliant in the UK to supply the glassfibre bodies, and as it turned out since the Haifa manufacturing plant took a while to set up, Reliant ended up building the first batch of Sabras in its entirety, using the four-cylinder 1.7-liter Ford Consul engine. Reliant were clearly convinced enough by the car themselves that this led to them building their own version, under the name 'Sabre'.

Once production was fully under swing in Israel, they were able to sell their cars locally as an alternative to imported cars which were taxed heavily. Despite this logical business plan it turned out that many were sold beyond the country, some 144 arrived in America and the car proved particularly popular in Belgium, where 81 arrived, significant proportions when viewed as fractions of a total production run of 379 between 1961 and 1968.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered from the Italian Vintage Cars Collection, which Bonhams have been proud to handle the dispersal of over the last 6 years, this beautiful example may well be the finest to survive. It was acquired for the collection as the owner was resident in Israel at the time of their production and resonated with him, he fondly remembered the interesting design and fell in love with its style. When the collecting began a Sabra was 'on the list'.

Given the number that were supplied to Belgium it is perhaps not surprising that it was there that they were able to find this particular car. As it happened, the car he found was none other than that acquired new by wife of the Belgian Israeli Consulate General.

As they recall, the car was in need of refurbishment and so it was subjected to the methodical restoration which has given them much pleasure for so many of their cars, returning them to their former glory.

The Sabra was completely refurbished from the ground up, years of work on the body, mechanics and cosmetics being completed a couple of years ago. Aesthetically, the car is beautifully refinished in a period pastel blue color, the interior totally redone and now in dark blue leatherette with cloth center panels - a particularly appealing combination. Mechanically the car was totally gone through and in keeping with the wishes of its speedy owner it has been made to go incredibly well, and the power to weight ratio unquestionably helps the performance.

The finished car was the subject of a feature on Petrolicious by Giuseppe Filippone which comments favorably on both the model and this particular 'feisty' little coupe.

Rarely seen anywhere, this fabulous example would be a unique feature in any collection and certainly a talking point for the interesting history of the brand or better still it could be a lot of fun on a car tour!
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<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
<i>From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection</i><br /><b>1964 SABRA GT COUPE  </b><br />Chassis no. GT4819 <br />Engine no. S305658
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