Shalom, Sabra: The Cars of Israel

During the 1950s and 1960s, Autocars of Haifa produced a range of Israeli-built vehicles. Founded in partnership with UK-based automaker, Reliant — which launched similar ventures with carmakers in Turkey and Greece — the cars were as basic as transportation could get, with had fiberglass bodies and British-built innards, including a 1.2-liter 48hp engine. In 1961, Autocar launched the Sabra (pictured), a sports car that was sold mainly in Belgum, for reasons that seem to have been lost in time, along with most of the cars themselves.

The Autocars story
[The Unofficial Austin-Rover Web Resource]

Actual Israeli Cars
[AutoWeek Combustion Chamber Forum]


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