- Photographed at the 2018 Bay to Birdwood Rally, West Beach, South Australia.

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.

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Comments (6)

  • The exact name for that kind of engine escapes me right now, but it was the kind of thing Deusenburg was doing around the same time. That cover is covering up the push-rods. The cam is down low, so it's driven by a gear on the front and rear of the crank, no need for a chain. The valves are way up top. Oh man, this is going to kill me until I remember what the slang name for them was!

      1 year ago
  • The French did it SO well in the beginning.. tragic that all these great manufacturers didn't survive....

      1 year ago
  • This is a new one for me! Great looking car. That V radiator is beautiful.

      1 year ago
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