The 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT was a feeble attempt to combine Chevrolet V-8 power with British chassis engineering and Bertone styling.

1965 Gordon-Keeble GK1 coupe, an attempt to combine Chevrolet V-8 power with British chassis engineering and Bertone styling
1965 Gordon-Keeble GK1 coupe.  See more pictures of 1960s cars.

This smart, close-coupled four-seat coupe featured a fiberglass body set on a separate multi-tubular chassis. It was very fast thanks to the 300-bhp Chevy 327 V-8, and also offered good handling and running refinement.

The Bertone styling dated from 1960, and was a more elegant forerunner of the Iso Rivolta shape. The G-K was distinguished by a four-headlamp front end, with the lamps mounted in slant-eye formation.

Considered as desirable as a Ferrari at the time, it nonetheless lacked the cachet of a famous name. Ultimately, the Gordon-Keeble was a commercial failure because it was underpriced. It's a very sought-after car today because of its rot-free body, but not common or widely known outside its home country.

Pluses of the 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT:

  • Rustproof fiberglass body
  • High performance from easily serviced Detroit iron
  • Styling
  • Exclusivity
  • Active British club

Minuses of the 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT:

  • No chassis or body parts any more
  • Extremely costly to buy
  • Not as refined as equivalent Ferraris
  • Are there any in the States?

Production of the 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT:

  • GK1: 80
  • IT: 19

Specifications of the 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT:
Wheelbase, inches: 102.0
Length, inches: 189.5
Weight, pounds: 3,165
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT:

TypeSize
Horsepower (gross)
Years
ohv V-85,355 cc (327 cid) 300 1964-1966

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