Lightburn and Co. of Camden near Adelaide , makers of tools, cement mixers, washing machines and fiberglass boats, perceived a need for a minicar.
The first Zeta model was introduced in 1963 at a price of £595.
The Sedan was not equipped with a a rear hatch so access to the cargo area required removal of the front seats, the ease of which was advertised as a positive feature. The four speed dog clutch Villiers Engineering gearbox had no reverse so the engine had to be switched off and started backwards which provide four reverse gears. The fuel gauge was a plastic pipe running from the top to the bottom of the tank with a graduated glass tube section on the dashboard. As a Wheels (magazine) road test in 1974 put it “it read anywhere from full to empty depending on gradient, throttle and probably Greenwich mean time”.
"With the Zeta, however, failure was engineered into the product from day one."
Posted on: Mar 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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