1965 Gordon-Keeble Coupé  Chassis no. C71/F1004/RD Engine no. 71/F1004RD
Lot 538
1965 Gordon-Keeble Coupé Chassis no. C71/F1004/RD Engine no. 71/F1004RD
£40,000 - 50,000
US$ 68,000 - 86,000
amended
Lot Details
1965 Gordon-Keeble Coupé
Registration no. FNA 901C
Chassis no. C71/F1004/RD
Engine no. 71/F1004RD

Footnotes

  • Produced between 1964 and 1966, the Gordon-Keeble was one of a select band of 1960s Grandes Routières that combined British chassis engineering with American horsepower and Italian style. Designed by John Gordon, lately of Peerless, and produced in collaboration with garage owner Jim Keeble, the car featured a spaceframe chassis with independent front suspension, De Dion rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes. Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, then at Carrozzeria Bertone, its elegant glassfibre bodywork was manufactured in England by Williams & Pritchard, one of the foremost firms specialising in this form of construction. A 327ci (5.4-litre) Chevrolet V8 engine provided effortless cruising and a top speed in the region of 140mph. All of which ought to have been a recipe for guaranteed success, but the company failed to get its pricing right and production ceased after little more than a year. A brief revival saw a few more cars assembled but when finally the end came only 99 cars had been produced. Today the stylish Gordon-Keeble remains a fascinating 'might-have-been' that can only become increasingly collectible.
    First registered 'BEM 500C' on 30th March 1965, this manual transmission example was originally owned by Norwest Construction Ltd and used by Dennis Baucher Le Mare, who had joined his father in the family business, which later became Norwest Holst. (Arguably the best known of the Le Mare family is Noel Le Mare, owner of the three-time Grand National-winning racehorse 'Red Rum', which perhaps explains the reference to the horse on the build sheet). Mr Le Mare appears to have owned the Gordon Keeble only briefly, as one P Jeffery of Appleton, Cheshire is listed as second owner that same year. 'Dark green' is recorded as the original colour, which was changed to Electric Blue metallic circa 1971. The current livery of Ferrari Pearl Brown was applied during the course of the car's restoration, undertaken by BHB Engineering and the vendor between 2006 and 2009, while the interior, originally cream, has been re-trimmed in red-piped cream leather. A new V8 engine was installed as part of the restoration, since the completion of which the car has covered only some 1,000-or-so miles. 'On the button' and ready to show or enjoy, this British GT is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2011 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to confirm the alloy wheels were fitted to the car when new as an optional extra. During restoration the engine also benefitted from a new distributer and carburettor, in addition being converted to an alternator charging system. The car benefits further from having power assisted rack and pinion steering. Please note the car has not been restored by BHB Engineering as catalogued.
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