A glimpse of Israel’s brief car industry

Saw this ancient possibly Eastern European looking automobile at the weekend.

Appears have a fibreglass body, not a particularly pretty car, but noticed the chrome badge on the back looked like Hebrew.

There was elderly gent sitting in the car asleep and it was parked in a rather dangerous part of King George Street, a busy main road.

Like a lot of other Mediterranean and Middle East countries, there are quite a few ancient cars around especially old Fiats, unlike a rainy country, rust seems to be less of a problem.

This wiki article on the Sabra / Autocars business of Haifa is worth a read.  Seems these cars were nothing special and were not able to keep up with more established makers.

Nowadays a small number of military vehicles are built in Israel are still made today.


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