View Full Version : Gilbern T11

28-07-2009, 09:13 PM
At last, the unique 1970 Gilbern T11 has surfaced, so you can finally see what I've been banging on about :wink:

http://www.classicandperformancecar.com ... &id=314083 (http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/front_website/gallery.php?o=0&id=314083)
http://www.classicandperformancecar.com ... &id=314086 (http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/front_website/gallery.php?o=0&id=314086)

As you can see from the side profile, there is more than a hint of the DeTomaso Mangusta in there, which is probably why I like it so much, but according to the blurb the styling was actually executed by Englishman Trevor Fiore at Fissore. I guess I can see hints of Fiore's Montiverdi Hai in that profile too (I don't personally subscribe to the claim that Peter Montiverdi designed the Hai himself).

Anyway, the T11 was powered by an Austin Maxi 1500cc transverse 4-cylinder FWD engine and gearbox, mid-mounted in a square box section steel frame.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r304 ... rnT-11.jpg (http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r304/Cal_Hermit/GilbernT-11.jpg)

These are the pictures that got me so interested in the car. Those fantastic BWA alloys are still on the car, 38 years later. According to the Gilbern website parts for a further 2 T11s were manufactured before the design was shelved due to the uncertain market.

I get the impression that pop-up headlights were planned instead of the 90mm fixed lamps currently used, but they look OK, and seeing as the prototype was never road registered, fixed lights would keep the SVA man happy.

Well, I think its a pretty good effort, but maybe you disagree :confused1:


29-07-2009, 12:47 AM
Not bad, I can see why you like it. To me it has a Lotus look about it.

29-07-2009, 06:58 PM
I think they were influenced by the Piper GTT with that one.

29-07-2009, 07:13 PM
I like it, but it's one of those cars that looks more interesting at the prototype stage than the finished example..... I like the period hairstyle on the guy sat in the spaceframe! (Shades of 'Life on Mars')

29-07-2009, 09:28 PM
Those pictures were taken in 1970. I know hat you mean about the "work in progress" pictures. I think its the lack of fussy detail in those empty side window frames, and the shoulder intake apertures look exactly like the Mangusta in the 1970 picture.

Hiya Mark - isn't it odd that the Piper and Gilbern share the same proportions, but one is front engined and the other mid? Plenty of luggage space in the T11, methinks :D


02-04-2011, 05:11 PM
Hi all pleased to see you all like my t11, the wheel are in fact J.A.Pearce mags and are as rare as the car, althrough is has the maxi engine in it was not the one they where going to use, it was to be an all alloy 6 cylinder unit that was being used in the Australian market but it never arrived, I could go on for hours about this but will keep it short so if anyone does want to come see they are more than welcome or phone for a chat 07730759383 .......Gordon

02-04-2011, 08:56 PM
I like it, and yes I also see Piper in it, but a bit more butch. Gilbern! the pride of the Welsh motor industry, now the only Welsh cars you can buy over here are HyunDAI!!