Welcome to the Gordon-Keeble Owners’ Club
Gordon-Keeble cars were built in Eastleigh near Southampton, in the UK in a building on the airfield site made famous for the production of the early Supermarine “Spitfire” aircraft.
The car in the above photograph is the Prototype of the marque. It has a metal body shell designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro on a space-frame chassis. It is powered by an intermediate-sized Chevrolet Corvette engine, triple Rochester carburettors, a close ratio gearbox, De Dion rear axle and four wheel disc brakes. The car could reach 70mph in first gear and 140mph maximum – any more than this was considered to be superfluous in 1960.
The car was the sensation of the 1960 Geneva Motor show and had been designed and built from scratch in 3 months – the chassis in England and the body in Italy. They were joined in early March and driven to the show in Geneva. (Being held up in the border Customs nearly prevented its appearance there).
Production finally got under way in 1964 but industrial action limited the supply of steering boxes which caused financial difficulties from which the company never fully recovered. 91 cars were completed before the company liquidated in 1965. Restarting that year as Keeble Cars Ltd, production continued slowly prior to moving the factory to Sholing, Southampton where the last 8 cars were completed. In total, 99 cars were completed with enough spares remaining for the 100th example to be privately constructed elsewhere in 1971.
Out of the 100 cars made, there are photographs here of 90 of them in complete or near complete condition not including the Prototype car – an exceptional survival rate of 90% over 50 years.
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