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A rare and remarkable Gordon Keeble SOLD (1964)
|One of the rare and remarkable Gordon Keeble sports cars is now being offered for sale and can be viewed by appointment in East Sussex, UK. |
The Gordon Keeble sports car company set out in the 1960s to design the greatest British sports car ever made, producing 99 cars between 1964-66. The marque combined British engineering—from John Gordon and Jim Keeble—Italian styling and American power—a 327ci (5.4-litre) Chevrolet V8 engine. The superb styling was undertaken by the then young but highly influential Giorgetto Giugiaro, of Gruppo Bertone, and who went on to work on many iconic cars of the1960s including Ferrrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo among others, and is recognised as one the foremost automotive designers of the 20th century. A four seat two door saloon having then unique design features—including 4 head lights—the Gordon Keeble bears outward similarity to the mid-60s Ferrari (250), Lancia Flaminia and Aston Martin (DB5).
Road tests at the time-0-60 miles per hour in 7.5 seconds and 0-100 in 19.6 and a top speed of 141—had it compared favourably with the Ferrari 330 GT, Jaguar E Type, and Iso Rivolta. The car features a steel spaceframe chassis, independent front suspension, all-round disc brakes and a fibreglass body.
Chassis 76 was built in 1964—registered in 1965—and has had five owners, including a great grandson of Charles Darwin and nephew of John Maynard Keynes as well as an editor for The Economist. It was worked on by the iconic Gordon Keeble Car Centre at Brackley, by Ernie Knott, the foremost Gordon Keeble car repairer and restorer until 2000, and who installed the car’s subsequent modifications, including power steering and automatic transmission, as well as a mid-life full body off rebuild.
The car is MOT tested to March 2013 and is in good running condition with the current owner, since 2003, having undertaken regular care and maintenance as well as minor upgrades. The speed and handling of the Gordon Keeble are something to be experienced.
Transmission 4 speed automatic
Wheelbase 102 inches (2591 mm)
Length 184 inches (4674 mm)
Width 68 inches (1727 mm)
Track 55 inches (1397 mm)
Height 54 inches (1372 mm)
Front/rear distribution: 51:49