A BRIEF HISTORY OF LE ZEBRES
IN SOUH AUSTRALIA
Le Zebres were registered in Adelaide as early as 1915. In 1919 Mr. Gerald Smith secured the sole agency, as described below:
“TheRegister (Adelaide) Wednesday 9th July 1919.
…….. Which leads me up to the declaration that Mr. Gerald I Smith (who has resigned his position as managing
director of Smith & Dove) has secured the Australian and New Zealand agency of the Paris-made car Le Zebre, the first shipment of which will arrive next month. Le Zebre is a famous name for light and medium cars, which can travel a long way at the smallest cost, and Mr Smith is fortunate to have secured the agency……….”
On the 30th July, 1919 it was described as an
“Ideal Car. Modern in appearance and replete with the latest appointments, the Le Zebre is a good car to look at. It is a good car to drive, too, for it has power with economy that is most remarkable.
40 Miles Per Gallon of Petrol is an accomplishment that favourably influences every buyer.
Gerald I Smith
Sole Agents for Australasia,
125 Pirie Street”
Some cars arrived in Adelaide, chassis only, as described in the Adelaide Advertiser in July 1922
“SPECIAL PRELIMINARY NOTICE
We have been favoured with instructions from the Liquidator for H. Peter Dawson & Co Limited, Pulteney Street, Adelaide, to sell the
LE ZEBRE CHASSIS 7
These Chassis are Complete and fitted with 5 Detachable Wire Wheels and Tyres (720 90), Elect. Head and Tail Lamps,
Self-starter, and complete Kit of Tools. The Motor is of 4-cyl,
Monoblock Type etc……………..”
Demonstrations and Catalogues were available on application from
City Motor Auctions,
Angas Street, Adelaide.
In 1926, F. A. SLOMAN invites people to-
NEW LE ZEBRE CARS,
34 Hawkers Road,
37 Franklin Street, Adelaide
SOLE AGENT FOR S.A.