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Series: Saloon

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About Zeta

Lightburn is the name of an Australian manufacturer (generally, cement mixers, although they also made washing machines - which looked just like cement mixers) who briefly entered the passenger car market in the mid-1960s with the oddly shaped Lightburn Zeta sedan. The cars were built in a washing machine factory at Camden Park in Adelaide by the company which was owned by Harold Lightburn. The cars were launched to the market in 1963 at a starting price of £595. Production ceased in 1965 with the last vehicles sold in 1966 and total sales of less than 400 vehicles.

Models

  • Sedan 2dr Man 4sp 325 (1964/1965)
  • Sedan Deluxe 2dr Man 4sp 325 (1964)
  • Roadster Sports 2dr Man 4sp 500 (1964)
  • Utility version, featured in a contemporary sales brochure of which a number were produced for Sydney City Council's Hyde Park fleet.

Features

The vehicle was powered by the Villiers Ltd 324 cc two-stroke motor with drive to the front wheels. The motor's stated output was 12 kW, giving a performance reported as almost nil and drive was via a motorcycle gearbox and chain drive. The Viliers Sibastart engine was designed for an 'Invalid Carriage' (a motor-tricycle) and so had a 4 speed multiple wet-clutch sequential gearbox in unit with the engine. Reversing the car required stopping the engine, then restarting using the electramatic system which spun the engine in reverse.

The standard Zeta did not come with 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 chassis was steel, with a fibreglass body enclosing a large but sparse interior. Car tyres were not available at that time of such a small size ; hence wheelbarrow tyres were used.

The dimunitive Sports model, which was similar to the also Australian Goggomobil, used a West German Sachs single cylinder 125cc engine.

Sales History

With the Zeta, however, failure was engineered into the product from day one.

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3-door
4-seat
S2   0.3L TS M-4
12.3 kW / 16.5 hp / 16.5 hp  25.0 N·m / 18.4 lb·ft / 18.4 lb·ft
   

Zeta Saloon (1964)

3-door 4-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 323 cm3 / 19.7 cu in / 19.7 cu in, 12.3 kW / 16.5 hp / 16.5 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 25.0 N·m / 18.4 lb·ft / 18.4 lb·ft @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 90 km/h / 56 mph / 56 mph top speed

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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