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TheDoctor New Reader
5/5/16 11:07 p.m.

Well, it's official. The Berkeley is listing next week in a BAT auction. Thank you everyone for your input, your PM's, and support. I hope it finds a great home with the right person. I will post when it goes live.

We had some nice weather here this week, so I took the opportunity to take it to a cruise night to show it off one last time and park it next to some much bigger (and nicer) cars. Dull and rough around the edges, it felt out of place next to perfectly restored hot rods, but it also felt more authentic.

It got me thinking about some of the other car's I've owned and looking back, I have great memories of each one, stories, adventures, failures, and lessons learned. In the end, it wasn't the car I was trying to hang onto, but that specific moment in time.

Shortened by 11 inches to remove the rusty rear floor pan. 1973 Catalina 455 (my first engine rebuild) and a 4 speed manual. Fate: Parted Out

A real clunker. Survived about 6 weeks delivering pizza. A friend had some stock car tires we stuffed onto it for this photo, but it couldn't spin the skinny tires it came with. It was much better off the road than on it. Fate: Junk yard

I had a whole fleet of Renaults that people used to give me (I'm not kidding). These two were the most abused and I took them anywhere through anything. Indestructible and under-powered both of these still ran when they went to the junk yard.

My first turbo car. I learned a lot. An oil pump failure scored the bearings and I took the engine out in a parking lot. A used oil pump, a bit of Emory paper, and some 50 weight oil got me the 400 miles from college to home. My brother continued to drive the car for several more years and gave it away somewhere down south. Fate: unknown.

Heavily abused, this car went places it was never intended to go. At 280,000 miles, the rear driveshaft came apart and I was forced to lock the center diff and drive 500 miles with only front wheel drive. After replacing the driveshaft I drove it for several more years and it was retired to the junk yard still running.

brad131a4 Reader
5/6/16 11:23 a.m.

No way was it out of place with those hot rods. It is one as well just in a different guise. Sorry to have to see you sell it but it looks like BAT lately has been the go to for cars just like this to pull in some good $$$. Good luck with the sale as I'll be watching it.

crankwalk Dork
5/6/16 3:15 p.m.

The Mitsubishi Ralliart sticker on the Subaru XT6 is priceless.

TheDoctor New Reader
5/7/16 10:54 a.m.
crankwalk wrote: The Mitsubishi Ralliart sticker on the Subaru XT6 is priceless.

Somehow I ended up with a bunch of those and they got stuck to everything for a while. I got a parking ticket once and the car make/model said Mitsubishi Ralliart. It did tend to throw people off

TheDoctor New Reader
5/10/16 1:26 p.m.

Auction is now live!


IndyJoe HalfDork
5/10/16 4:51 p.m.

Good Luck with the sale. I hope this brings you a nice sum of $$$.

Please direct the new owner this way to continue the build thread here, so we can live vicariously, the AWESOME-ness of this car.

IndyJoe Dork
5/17/16 11:43 a.m.

Auction ending soon.

Mezzanine HalfDork
5/17/16 12:04 p.m.

I'm really glad Michigan is far enough away from me that the logistics of getting that car home prevent me from making a snap decision and getting it! Good luck - I'll follow along in the last bit.

Mezzanine HalfDork
5/17/16 3:29 p.m.

Auction closed. Sale price $7750. What a deal! Hope you're satisfied with the sale.

RossD UltimaDork
5/17/16 3:40 p.m.

I noticed the price was $4k with 50 some odd minutes to go. That's a pretty good jump in price.

CLynn85 HalfDork
5/21/16 11:11 p.m.

Any updates? Who'd it sell to?

TheDoctor New Reader
5/22/16 9:11 p.m.

After 10 years of ownership (longest I've owned any car), it's our last day with the Berkeley. While I cleaned up and organized the Berkeley spares and had the cars out of the garage, I realized that I didn't have a picture with the Berkeley and the Model T side by side.

A while later, the buyer came over and we loaded everything up. The car was almost too narrow for the trailer. I think we could have fit 2 on there.

I'm happy to say that the car will be staying in Michigan and has found a great home at a price both buyer and seller are satisfied with.

My daughter and I said our goodbyes and we'll be looking forward to the new owner posting his own progress here as we pass the torch on our little Berk.

TheDoctor New Reader
5/22/16 9:16 p.m.

By the way there is a low priced Berkeley Roller now on BaT just in case anyone needs any bad ideas


Indy-Guy Dork
2/17/17 12:11 p.m.

Does anybody know who the new owner of this is? I'd sure like to have an update. This thing is Cool

Indy-Guy UberDork
5/23/19 2:10 p.m.

Bump.  I was thinking about this cool build again today, and checking in again to see if anyone knows what ever happened to it.

Eurotrash_Ranch New Reader
5/23/19 10:38 p.m.

A friend of mine is in the process of moving and gave me a binder of the complete year (1958) of original Road and Track magazines.

I started thubing through one the other day and came across an ad for the Berkley. I laughed because...berkley.

Now I find this. 


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