With the popularity of small European sports and grand touring car builders like: Facel Vega, Ghia, Jenson, AC Cars, and Iso Grifo, the Gordon-Keeble illustrates the perfect marriage of European coachbuilding and American horsepower.
Back in 1959, John Gordon and Jim Keeble set upon building a grand touring car. Originally called the Gordon GT, Gordon and Keeble built and designed square tube steel space frames to utilize Chevrolet’s high torque, high revving small block V8. The space frames were then shipped to Turin, Italy, for preferred coachbuilder Bertone to produce the steel body panels, designed by legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro. Giugiaro is known for the famous Ferrari 250 SWB Bertone, Aston Martin Bertone Jet, Lotus Esprit, and Alfa Romeo GTV.
The first Gordon appeared at the Geneva Motor Show on the Bertone stand in March of 1960. As with most small English and Italian car companies, production issues soon followed, and the first cars were delayed. Chevrolet really liked what they saw in the Gordon, so GM agreed to supply the small manufacture a run of their small block V8s. Fortunately, the original 4.6 liter (283 cubic inch) V8s specified, turned into the larger 300 horsepower 5.4 liter (327 cu inch) small block V8. Alongside the the selection of a larger engine, the steel body panels were abandoned for lighter fiberglass.
This Gordon Keeble is chassis number 38 of only 100 Gordon Keebles ever produced. Chassis number 38 sports a beautiful, period correct color scheme of Ice Blue Metallic, over a rich Barley leather interior, and Royal Blue carpets. Cosmetically and mechanically restored, this rare grand tourer needs nothing to be enjoyed. The next new owner of this Gordon Keeble will have a very usable, excellent driver quality, concours condition grand touring car that can be enjoyed on many rallies, car shows, or exploring the back roads of your community.