JZR is not a world-famous manufacturer, though that should change because what they do is remarkable. JZR stands for John Ziemba Restorations, named after brand’s founder. Since the late 1980s, John Ziemba is selling three-wheelers in kit form. It's a unique concept that was inspired by the three-wheelers made by the fellow countryman Morgan in the 1930s. Nowadays, JZR's are still in production, although the production was interrupted from 1998 to 2000.
John Ziemba was passionate about the three-wheelers Morgan made in the 1930s. He decided to assemble them himself and officially started selling them under his own name in 1990, albeit in kit form. Customers put the three-wheeler together entirely by themselves and all JZR's are, therefore, hand-built, adding even more charm to them. Moreover, the kit assembly allows for easy tinkering or repairing if needed.
A JZR is rear-wheel-driven, with all the power transmitted through the rear wheel. Customers have the option to choose from different engines offered by various famous motor manufacturers from around the world. Among them are engines from Honda, the Italian Moto Guzzi, and even the well-known Harley-Davidson.
JZR's have a sleek design and offer an aesthetic neoclassicism that takes you back to the 1930s. The exhaust pipes are mounted along the entire length of the body, becoming a prominent part of the elegant and aerodynamic structure that provides both the comfort and space of a car while being powered by powerful roaring motorcycle engines.
Each JZR is unique, has its own story, and provides an amazing driving experience. They are also rare, which adds to their value.
Moto Guzzi 850
As mentioned, JZR offered different engines, and one of those was from Moto Guzzi. Moto Guzzi is a prominent Italian motorcycle manufacturer that still produces two-wheelers under the Piaggio group. So, choosing Moto Guzzi was a logical choice for JZR.
From the Moto Guzzi T3 model, JZR took the drivetrain, a V-twin engine with 844 cc and 68 horsepower on the crankshaft, powered by two Dell'Orto carburettors. The blend of Italian motor engineering with the stylish British design brings the best of two worlds.