This 3-owner,and now increasingly rare car,was the subject of a body off restoration in the late 1990s and has been well looked after since. Whilst there are a couple of small age-related marks on the fibreglass body, overall it is in excellent condition. The front seats have been newly trimmed with cloth inserts, and sun damage to the rear seat resolved by a new top panel.
The car presents very well and is always well received due to its scarcity. Having said that, most parts are readily available being mostly Ford or MGC. There is an excellent owner’s club from which most spares can be obtained. I haven’t been able to establish the exact state of tune of the engine, but it does have roller rockers thus suggesting perhaps a little more tweaking has been done. Given that the first owner (for nearly 40 years) used the Gilbern to tow his Type 35 Bugatti to race meetings, I think it likely that the engine is rather more powerful than standard. With excellent oil pressure, the 3 litre Ford Essex V6 pulls effortlessly in all gears (4 plus overdrive on 3rd and 4th) and handles extremely well. Braking is good with servo assistance. It also sounds pretty good too and will keep up with, or even beat, modern traffic - 2750 revs gives 70 mph in overdrive top.
Although not necessary, the car has an MOT until 24th June 2019, and of course has free road fund licence.
In the 3 years I have owned the car I have carried out the following :
• New 38 DGMS Weber carburettor (to replace the automatic choke version)
• Overhauled front suspension – new shocks and bushes
• Overhauled brakes – new master cylinder, front pads, discs, rear shoes and rear wheel cylinders
• New brake servo unit
• New fuel pump
• New rear shocks
• New tyres
• Overhauled gearbox and overdrive unit
• New clutch driven plate, pressure plate and release bearing
• Overhauled rev counter
• Rebuilt radiator and new electric fan
• New battery
• New coil and distributor cap
• Wiring overhauled
• New ignition switch
• New high-level brake light
• Front seats retrimmed with cloth inserts
• Rear seat back rest top panel retrimmed
• New bespoke exhaust system
I have really enjoyed owning this car which has taken us to France for 1000 mile trips in each of the last 3 years. However, age has caught up with me and I’m finding that tinkering with cars has become more difficult and so I have decided that the time has come to part with this interesting piece of motoring history. Please note that the telephone number is incorrect - ignore the zero which is the 6th character.
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