Zayder Motor Corporation

Zayder is a car company notable for its tendency to make odd or outright bizarre design choices - but it wasn’t always like that. The company was first established in 1946 by Will Zayder and got a small foothold in the industry making reasonable passenger cars and gradually evolved into the memetic company that it is now. Some say the company derailed in the 1980s while others say it’s always been odd.

Who knows? All I know is they make cars and they probably have no idea what they’re doing these days.

First Generation
Zayder didn’t start selling cars until 1949. During those three years, Will Zayder was silently gaining control over the entire supply line his company would need to operate - and he started production in early 1948. When dealers opened on November 5, 1949, customers were greeted by a lineup consisting of just two models - the Zayder 1 sedan and the Zayder 2 pick-up. Both cars shared the same engine, the 1ZE-A. This 2.4 liter inline-four produced 77.8 HP @ 4,600 RPM and 112 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM and mated to a 3 speed manual in both models. Both cars were also built on the same chassis and used many identical components to simplify logistics and repair. They proved relatively successful for what they were - cementing a small foothold for ZMC and setting them up for potential growth.

Zayder 1
The 1949 Zayder 1
OHC 2399cc Inline 4
77.8 HP
112 lb-ft
2424 lbs (56/44)
3 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/R
5/0 seats

Zayder 2
1949 Zayder 2
OHC 2399cc Inline 4
77.8 HP
112 lb-ft
2393 lbs (59/41)
3 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/R
2/0 seats


Excited to see what Zayder has in store! You can never be too quirky…

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Will Zayder’s Pride
Zayder’s quick growth through late 1949 was encouraging to Will Zayder, and he decided to supplement the line-up with a new van. It didn’t take long for him to design a somewhat unorthodox design in the new van - a FWD van sporting an impressive new engine - the 2ZE inline-6 family. The van came out to incredible positive reception in 1951 for its mix of utility and impresive performance (outperforming some of the sports cars of the era!), solidly cementing Zayder as a car company that’s here to stay. Interestingly enough, the Zayder 3 was strictly front wheel drive, while its peers in the market were FR and 4x4. The reason for using a strictly FWD drivetrain has been lost to history.

Sadly, this would be Will Zayder’s final work as he passed away suddenly in 1952. His second in command took over the company.

1951 Zayder 3
SOHC 3400cc Inline-6
123.3 HP
184 lb-ft
2675 lbs (60/40)
3 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/R
5/0 seats

0-100 kmh/0-62 MPH: 11.5 seconds
1/4 mi: 18.55s
Top Speed: 111.4 MPH/179.3 kmh

Edit: After some research, I’ve learned that the fastest car within 2 years of this van is the XK120 with a top speed of 124 MPH. Make of that what you will.

Generation 2: Divergence

Still reeling from the sudden passing of Will Zayder, the new CEO was determined to carry on his vision and set about for a more ambitious and improved Zayder line-up. In 1955 he announced that he was releasing a new sports car alongside the second generation of Zayder in the summer of 1956, and earmarked 1960 as the next milestone beyond that. He also introduced the system of trims that Zayder still uses to this day - there are no trims! You get a pre-loaded car, but you can order options and personalized details if you wished for more out of your Zayder.

The CEO started with the 1.

For 1956, the 1 got a complete redesign and major updates to its internal workings - an overhauled 1ZE-B engine producing 118 horsepower and a four speed manual were major talking points, as well as being fifty pounds lighter than its predecessor.

The thing that really got everyone talking was the reduction in price - the new Zayder 1 was marked at $7,311, a massive $2,000 cheaper than its predecessor. It was a little unconventional in appearance, but launched to positive reception.

1956 Zayder 1
OHC 2399cc Inline 4
118 HP
127 ft-lbs
2376 lbs (58/420
4 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/R
5/0 seats

With the new line-up, the CEO also promised more colour options. He introduced the first two new colours with the reveal of the line-up and added that more would arrive - they did, in 1960. The first colour that was added to the line-up was Deep Blue, unveiled on the new 2 and 3, and the second was Woodland green, introduced with the new sports car.

Zayder’s second-generation 2 and 3 remained on the same shared chassis principle that their predecessors had, and the two vehicles were noted for their drastic departure from the previous generation.

Both vehicles also carried Zayder’s new V8 engine - the 3ZE-A - sporting some impressive firepower and torque for the time.

**1956 Zayder 2
SOHC 6000cc V8 (60°)
248 HP
321 ft-lbs
3105 lbs (59/41)
4 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/Solid Axle Coil R
2/0 seats

1956 Zayder 3
SOHC 6000cc V8 (60°)
248 HP
321 ft-lbs
3199 lbs (57/43)
4 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/Solid Axle Coil R
5/0 seats*

*Zayder offered a two-seat option for those who worked in delivery and transport, or did not need the extra row of seats.

Zayder marked its entry into the sports car world with the unveiling of the (creatively named) Zayder 4. The new sports couple borrowed an updated 2ZE from the previous Zayder 3 as its power plant and promised a whole heck of a lot of go in a small package - but it was a limited run model and only 450 were made between its launch and the facelift in 1960. Comparisons to the Porsche 356 were not uncommon due to the remarkably similar body shape of the two vehicles, although the Zayder had a more stable platform and drivetrain.

It also had a tire width that many considered to be wider than necessary, but popular consensus is that it was an intentional design choice to keep the rear in check. Regardless, the car was impressively quick - a top speed of 141 MPH and a 0-62 of 7.99 seconds meant that it certainly wasn’t something to be taken lightly.

1956-1960 Zayder 4
SOHC 3400cc Inline 6
170 HP
197 ft-lbs
2064 lbs (66/34)
4 Gear Manual
Double Wishbone F/R
2/0 seats

(featured in Woodland Green)

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Chapter 3: Facelift

Zayder teased its range-wide facelift in the final quarter of 1959, hinting at improved driving dynamics and cutting edge technology. When the facelifted cars were finally unveiled on February 2nd, 1960, they were some of the earliest cars to adopt disc brake technology. New colours were rolled out along with the updated cars - Inferno, Borealis Purple and Deep Red. The prices were also reduced across the board for the outgoing Zayders and the new face-lifts.

1960 Zayder 1 (Inferno)

1960 Zayder 2 (Deep Red)

1960 Zayder 3 (Deep Red)

1960 Zayder 4 (Borealis Purple)

Zayder also announced at the end of 1962 that they would begin to explore the possibility of racing with the next generation of cars, along with retiring the numerical naming scheme.

*quick side note: the 1960 Zayder 3 got destroyed in the last Automation update. I’m keeping it in case it restores itself but I doubt it.


Third Generation
Zayder soft-launched the 1 successor, the Zayder Spirit, in early 1965 after a short delay caused by manufacturing issues. This new Zayder came equipped with a new, smaller inline 3 engine dubbed the 5ZE-A, and came in packing a lot less power and a lot less weight than its predecessor. At the time, it was marketed as a sporty 3-door that could compete with some sports cars that were in production at the time while offering increased utility and practicality. The car proved to be less popular than its predecessor, despite selling relatively well enough to keep the company afloat as it worked on the other models in its line-up. A common complaint on the Spirit was the stiff ride and, surprisingly enough, the radio antenna popping off when the car was exposed to temperatures greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The antenna issue was addressed within the first year of production and any surviving Zayder Spirits with the defective antenna equipped are considered a collector’s piece.

1965 Zayder Spirit
Front Engine, Front Wheel Drive
Zayder 5ZE-A - 1.3L inline-3
4 speed Manual
89.9 HP @ 6100 RPM
88 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
1737 lbs (788 kg)
Top Speed: 102 MPH
0-60: 9.9s
Approximate Cost (automation): $29500*
Approx. MSRP in real-word US dollars in 1965: $4,250*

*Okay, for the record - I have no clue how to actually adjust the pricing with the latest Automation update. This is too much for this car and the material costs are around $3800, so the MSRP is approximated off what a 1965 Mustang and Corvette cost. Incidentally, that puts the Spirit closer to the Corvette in pricing than the Mustang.


Hey everyone! I apologize about completely disappearing off the face of the earth but I have news! I’m getting back in the swing of things and have a series of cars lined up from 1965 to 1971 that I’ll be posting over the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled!

A Taste of Racing

The same year the Zayder Spirit was released, Zayder announced it had begun development of a racing prototype to enter Group 4 racing. In late 1965, Zayder finally unveiled the Super, their first rolling prototype of a potential Group 4 car. The updated 1967 trim, seen below, borrowed some ideas from the Chaparral 2E that raced on track in 1966 and the Chaparral 2D that raced in the 1966 Nurburgring 1000km event - mainly the idea of using the body to generate downforce and increase cornering speeds.

They achieved this to some effect, but the prototype never made it past the testing stage. There is no way of telling what kind of impact it could have had on track, or even if it would have had an impact.

1965 Zayder Super

1.7L Inline-4 (Z.R - 1735.I4) - 204.1 HP @ 7600 RPM | 143 ft-lbs @ 7500 RPM | Redline 8400 RPM
Fiberglass / Monocoque / Galvanized Steel / Double Wishbone F+R
Rear Engine, Rear Wheel Drive
5 Speed Manual
215/70R14 F / 330/45R14 R Semi-Slick
1927 LBs (37/63 F+R)

0-60: 6.05s
60-100: 3.42s
Top Speed: 138 MPH
20M Cornering: 1.18G
200M Cornering: 1.27G
Airfield Test Time: 1:24.50

BeamNG file:

Also, as an added bonus, I got the Spirit’s files for BeamNG:

The engineering is solid but the aesthetics are unfinished, to say the least; in particular, the head and tail lights are two and three decades too new, respectively. Clearly, making it look more period-correct will take a lot more work - but once that’s been done, it will surely live up to its Super moniker.

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Thanks for the heads up! I’ll update it and have a more period-correct model out by next weekend.

An employee has been fired for doctoring images of the Zayder Super to make it appear anachronistic. As such, we are releasing images of what the Super actually looked like. We apologize for the confusion

Zayder PR.



super’s super fast

but also super loud

also this sounds like it’ll end up like TVR


A Trek on the Wild Side
Zayder’s follow-up to its previous 3 series SUV, the Trek, was released in 1966 to mild initial success.

Marketed as a premium 4x4, the Trek brought with it the second-generation 3ZE engine, the uptuned 3ZE-B producing 258 HP and 322 ft-lbs of torque and the capacity to seat five with cargo space aplenty…Despite only being a three door 4x4. It also introduced a side-opening rear door for accessibility in areas with a low overhang (such as cramped parking garages) and a standard tow winch for getting out of trouble. It had a 4 speed manual standard and boasted solid performance for a two-ton 4x4 - able to run to 100 kph in 9.2 seconds and an all-out top speed of 125 MPH.

The Trek’s load capacity was 2610 lbs, making it a very useful vehicle for farmers when combined with its excellent 4x4 capabilities. However, a major complaint was that the Zayder Trek never featured a towhook for hauling items - the absence of the hook hurt the vehicle’s sales in its intended market.

It started to gain traction towards the end of 1966 after one was seen defeating a Jeep in a televised offroad event - and eventually became so popular that there was demand for a performance version of it.

Note: I have not been sharing the .car files because it seems like the engines are getting screwed up in between games, as well as some usage of mod fixtures.
The Zayder Trek was inspired by the Ford Bronco and International Harvester Scout.

BeamNG ZIP file:


From Trek to Utility: Zayder Duty

Zayder remained silent for years about the fate of its pick-up line, which was put on hold after the 2 ceased production in 1964. The reveal of their new pick-up, the Duty, came around in the closing months of 1967 and the Duty went on sale the first week of February 1968.

It borrowed the drivetrain and engine from the Trek to retain some of the offroad ability of its more rugged sibling. The engine was retuned for the Duty and christened the 3ZE-B.1R, and this retuned engine would give birth to Zayder’s infamous “R” series of cars. It bumped the engine power from 258 to 305 HP and boosted torque from 322 ft-lbs to 377 ft-lbs, giving the Duty the power it needed to haul heavy cargo. Despite all of this, it came up just short of the Trek’s load capacity with a max rating of 2310 lbs.

The Duty was blasted in reviews for having worse load capacity than the Trek and for the still-absent towhook, a feature it would need to properly live up to its name. For all intents and purposes, it had failed in its intended market and given Zayder its first black eye in the industry. The towhook would offered as an option six months into the truck’s life, but it was too little and too late.

The Duty ceased production in September 1968 and the final unit (pictured above and below, w/o tow hook) was kept by Zayder as a reminder for the future. The paint color of this final unit, Teal Shift, would be kept and offered on Zayder’s other models shortly after the Duty’s demise.

BeamNG file:


Author’s note: All cars featured in this thread have .car files available upon request. DM me if you’d like the .car to any Zayders. Additionally, a minor oversight has resulted in the Trek 1R being named the Trek.R in the BeamNG file.

1969: Triple Play
Trek 1R
Hot off the heels of the Duty’s demise, Zayder came out swinging to show that they would not let a commercial failure bring them to their knees. Their first order of business was to announce that the Trek would finally be receiving the performance upgrade the fans had been asking for over the past three years.

Dubbed the Trek 1R, the new “hot” version of the SUV brought the updated 3ZE-B.1R engine, bumping the power up to 305 HP and the torque up to 377 ft-lbs. It also brought a newer suspension build, a roof rack, twin exhausts, chrome bumper delete and arguably more importantly - a factory-standard tow-hook.

These updates propelled the Trek 1R from its already strong position in the market to being the dominant offroader of the era - as well as being the most powerful and fastest UV/SUV of the late 1960s. It was also lighter and held slightly more cargo than its predecessor, resulting in an incredible 7.7 second sprint to 60 and a top speed of 134 MPH.

Unfortunately, it only averaged 10.7 MPG when driven gently. To many in the Trek community, this wasn’t a significant downside and about 40,000 units were sold in 1969 alone.


Zayder Australian Special

During the spring of 1969, Zayder announced plans to enter the Australian market with an exclusive limited-production ute - the Australian Special, informally known as the AS.

Sporting a high-revving variant of the 2ZE inline 6 churning out 238 HP, this 4WD ute tipped the scales at a relatively mild 3336 lbs. It was simple, rugged and certainly no slouch at the lights. It didn’t perform remotely as well as the Trek 1R released earlier in the year, but it was never intended to be a full performance model. The run of 1000 sold out over the next two years, and the car was met with somewhat positive praise. It just didn’t fare well in a market where domestic models had already taken a stronghold.

It was, however, successful enough for Zayder to enter the Australian market and paved the way for future success outside of America.


Zayder Super - Spec II (Lavelle Studios)
(AN: A heartfelt thank you to @titleguy1 for the design work on this vehicle)

In Q3 of 1969, Zayder sent out a press release announcing a revival of the shuttered Super project, promising a “race car for the road”.

The Super Spec II underwent extensive design and engineering work in order to make it compliant with road use. During the process, Zayder outsourced the design to avant-garde designer Lavelle Studios after being impressed by LS’ design portfolio. The end result is a featherlight, 210 HP supercar that straddled the line between road car and race car. The car was indeed straddling the line - a few adjustments and part swaps would convert the vehicle from road to race version and vice versa.

Zayder announced a few weeks after initial press release that there would only be 10 units produced, and all ten had been reserved by the end of the month following the announcement.

The Spec II sports an up-tuned variant of the inline 4 that was in the original race prototype, updated with newer materials and tweaks to ensure consistent reliability in both road and competitive conditions. The gearbox was updated and the aerodynamic properties of the car was tweaked to maintain the downforce the car needed on the track.

Of the 10 Spec.II Zayders sold, three raced to modest success. The rest spent their time in garages or in everyday road use.



Nobody will actually complain about the car being used on the road, because it is, after all, road-legal.

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Thanks for catching that! Dang autocorrect.

Swift Coupe
In Q1 1970, Zayder announced that a new model was beginning production. It was described as a coupe meant to offer mixed surface practicality and would be going on sale in Q3 1970.

On June 5 that year, Zayder did something it hadn’t done before - it released its press images early.

The coupe’s name was revealed to be the Zayder Swift, and it was equipped with a new 1500cc inline 5 producing 75 HP. The new engine was mated to a 3-speed automatic and powered the front wheels. It was a 2+2 layout with a premium interior and AM radio - a bit of an odd decision, considering the Swift’s intended purpose as an offroad-capable coupe.

Zayder followed up on its press release with four test photos and, surprisingly, an onboard video (distributed to news channels via VCR) of a test driver putting the Swift through its paces on jungle trails, although the video showed the limitations of the low power FWD coupe when faced with tough terrain.

The Swift released on September 6, 1970 and enjoyed modest success. There were rumors of a 1R or rally variant of the model coming, but neither were seen during the production of the Swift.

BeamNG: - Google Drive


lots of off road focused stuff lately?

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