Israeli Oddball: 1963 Sabra Sport

1963 Sabra Front Corner

Update 9/17/11 – After being relisted a few times, it finally sold for $13,000.

Here is a sports car that you don’t see everyday. The Reliant Sabra Sport was born in 1960 when Autocars from Israel was shopping around for ideas at a car show and they spotted a new body made by Ashley and a frame built by Leslie Ballamy. Autocars had worked with Reliant in the past so they had them create the first prototype and start production while they prepped their factory in Israel. The new sports car made its debut at the World’s Trade fair in 1961. Most Sabras were sold in the US, but some also made it to the UK under the Sabre name. With only 379 produced and only 100-150 imported to the US, this is a rare sight. This clean example is currently for sale in Langley BC and is listed on eBay with a current bid of $5,000 with only two days left.

1963 Sabra Steering Wheel

This is one of our favorite views of this car. The unique gauge pods and and wood rimmed Carlotti steering wheel are nicely done. Not sure about all the toggle switches on the right though. Does anyone know the history of the Sabra logo? It looks like a cactus but we are not sure on that.

1963 Sabra Engine

The Sabra came from the factory with a 1.7 liter four cylinder engine connect to a 4 speed ZF all synchromesh gearbox. Performance would not be amazing but the handling would be good with rack and pinion steering and a lightweight fiberglass body. The engine bay looks very clean and it seems that most of the dirty work has been done here.

1963 Sabra Chasis

Here is a shot of the chassis taken while the car was being restored. The seller claims that the engine is rebuilt and most of the work has been completed. We would finish sorting out the little things and just drive it.


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  1. Romsormarek

    necesidad de comprobar:)

  2. walter

    Bella macchina. Anche io c?¿ l?? uguale


    Nice car, is there a nut missing off the shock bolt?

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