Gordon Keeble

May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Gordon Keeble LogoBrief History About Gordon Keeble

Gordon Keeble was founded in the early 60’s in the UK by John Gordon and Jim Keeble.

John and Jim had worked together already to build the Gordon GT with a Peerless Cars chassis, a body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Bertone and running a Chevy V8 engine. However they wanted to make changes and so setup to build the GK1. In 1961 George Wansbrough, the former Chairman of Jowett Ltd, joined them and work started on creating the GK1. However this took longer than expected, with finance being a problem and the 3 would often clash in meetings. Eventually Gorden left in 1963.

Production of the GK1 started in 1964, but it was expensive to build and some parts were hard to get, which made it too expensive to sell as people were not prepared to pay the asking price. All this led to cash flow problems and by 1965 Gordon Keeble went into liquidation. Jim Keeble then left and George Wansborough took control of the company until Harold Smith and Geoffrey West bought Gordon Keeble, creating Keeble Cars Ltd in 1965 and resumed production until 1966, with one other car being built in 1967 (chassis number 99) and again later, with one more car built from parts n 1971 and given the chassis number 100.

Although just 100 cars were built, most (more than 90) have survived and there is a keen owners club.

Gordon Keeble GK1
GK1 1963-1967