1925 Le Zebre Z Type Tourer
Photographed at the 2018 Bay to Birdwood Rally, West Beach, South Australia.
Le Zebre's were built in France between 1909 and 1931.
Le Zebre means "The Zebra".
Early cars were sold for relatively cheaply, about 25% less than competitors, and were reasonably successful.
However, during World War I the French Ministry of War placed an order for 40 cars per month. This proved to be an absolute disaster, as the cars were ridiculously unreliable - breaking axles ever 200 miles, losing wheels randomly, and requiring constant maintenance just to keep running.
Despite these setbacks, the company survived through the war, but suffered badly with the economic climate - cars did not sell well, and the factory was unable to build the cars on time.
With sales never reaching profitable levels, Le Zebre closed their doors in 1931.