1966 Gordon-Keeble IT (International Touring) SOLD

Manufactured between 1964 and 1966, Gordon-Keebles were hand-crafted as luxury, high performance grand touring cars. British built, styled in Italy by Giugiaro at Bertone, they used 5. 3litre 300HP Chevrolet V8 small block motors in a well-designed space frame chassis by the very talented British engineer, Jim Keeble. The result of Italian style, American muscle and English handling knowhow is an outstanding vehicle that, when tested by Autocar in the 1960s, was described as “the most electrifying car they had ever road tested”!
Production was funded with the personal money of just one man, George Wansbrough, and despite never having less than 200 customers waiting for cars, only 99 cars were constructed as manufacture was plagued with parts supplier problems (the worst being a 9 month strike by employees of the steering box makers) such that cars could not be finished and sold, resulting in the Company going under.
This car for sale is chassis number 96 - one of only 4 fitted at the factory with fresh air ventilation - and designated as an IT rather than the former GK1. I even have one of the original and also very rare original IT brochures which will go with the car to her new custodian.
A former GKOC Chairman, I have owned and enjoyed this car for the last 21 years, covering circa 30, 000 miles in that time and using her for what she was built for - Grand Touring.        She has proved very comfortable, reliable and enjoyable, on long trips in Europe, Ireland and the UK, covering long distances very quickly where allowed (top speed is 140mph) and capable of up to 500 miles without the need to re-fuel.
I could write pages on the technical and advanced features of this car designed over 60 years ago, (dual circuit twin servo disc brakes all round, reclining seats, 4 headlights, electric windows etc.) though it still retains a simple rugged construction with a lightly stressed ultra-reliable power unit making it “the best of all worlds”. OK, I am biased, but it is a bias based on knowledge and personal experience.
When bought, my car had only 30, 000 miles on her and this well-known car has been the subject of a number of favourable magazine articles, being one of the most original, and most regularly used cars during my ownership.
As a qualified engineer, it has been my pleasure to keep this car in excellent condition myself, though it is a simple straightforward one that has not required lots of effort or money in my time with her. Although Gordon-Keebles have frequently been “upgraded” in various ways over the years, 96 is still as built. I considered it important to keep her that way and carefully resisted changing any original features of the car, although a stainless exhaust system was considered essential!
Sadly, due to personal health issues, this has now become a painful challenge so it is time to pass her on to a new owner who I sincerely hope will use her and continue to care for her long into the future.
The car is located in Hampshire, not far from Winchester.
Viewing is by appointment only (just email to arrange) or call and ask any questions (between the hours of 10am and 8pm only please).
Price on application, but you can easily check current values on the Internet. I have found Hagerty Valuations UK site to be pretty accurate and always current.
In doing so, you will hopefully establish this special car is priced sensibly for what is a very rare, very original low mileage example with lots of provenance.

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