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Just been to view an old barn for sale and there's a Gilbern in it! Could be an Invader. Will try and return for a second look - it's thick with bird * * *. Probably not moved in over 10 years IMO..

Added: October 15, 2016
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Having owned and run two 48 Vauxhall Velox's for the past seven years I feel it's time to add something different to my modest collection although they are very rewarding to own they do require a certain amount of upkeep part acquisition being a real bugbear and so the hunt for a new addition is under way , I like cars that have an interesting history and I definitely steer clear of cars manufactured in there thousands so this time round I fancied something with a real sporting pedigree easy part acquisition and a active club following ,very few people have ever heard of Gilbern all the more reason in my mind to own one .

Added: June 19, 2016
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Its nice to see photos of Gilberns,as a school leaver i became Gilberns first apprentice, there were only two lol.I was with the company all through my 5 year apprenticeship, building servicing and repairs to all the Gilbern range, i saw good times and hard times for Giles and Bernard (Gil Bern) but things improved slightly with the takeover by ACE Holding run by the Collins family, to my mind Gilberns were always underprised and i think that was the problem, not enough money in the company, but as an apprentice in those days that was not my expertise.
Keep going Gilberns always a place in my heart for you.
Brandon


Added: June 15, 2016
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I owned an Invader from May, 1973 until March, 1975 reg. no. JUW 7 K painted in an AM green which may have been called California Sage. Sadly, its skittish handling in the wet finally got the better of me and it was an insurance write off. It certainly wasn't a w/o in terms of today's classics and I've often wondered if it survived. It was my fault I lost it, but I don't think the rock hard German Dunlop radials I had on the back axle helped. :!thinking:

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Added: December 10, 2014
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Owned from May 1972 Gilbern Invader MkII reg. WVX1F purchaased as a kit, prior to introduction of VAT (no purchase tax). This is the vehicle pictured on Wikepedia page on Gilberns. Sold to Bruce Casey, son of Alan & Gwenneth after we moved to France in 2001 because it was proving very difficult to import and register in France.
Still wish we owned the car as it was probably the most satisfying to own. That's despite having owned Healeys, MG's, Ginetta and three Lotus Elans. Currently run a 2CV and Porsche 944S2(since 1992).


Added: October 5, 2014
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Hi have admired Gilberns in past have now joined the classic car guy's in my area. I would like to become the owner of one a genie 3 litre would be my preferred model. I currently have a lotus elan se turbo with 56,000 miles which I will either sell or if anyone is interested I would possibly to a trade in Any one interested give me a call on 07748761781

Added: August 14, 2014
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Hi, As others have stated I used to drool over the (relatively many) Gilberns that were all around South Wales in the 70's. Twenty years ago I moved to Church Village from the Bridgend area, and as I still work in Bridgend, I pass the site of the old factory daily. Today a Dance Studio and some other motor trade related businesses occupy the site. I am sure that I recollect the old prefab structures that were there until a few years ago, although this might be an imagined memory(!)
The Invaders were a fantastic looking car, WAY ahead of their time looks wise and are still handsome today. Is it my failing memory or did some of them come with those Dunlop wheels that were overall black with raised bright metal "blades" as accents?
Good luck with keeping these Welsh cars on the roads, a classic in my book!
Clive.


Added: July 3, 2014
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Used to drool over the ads for these cars when I was at school in the 1970's, it's been a thrill to find several in recent years which I have blogged about of late, thanks to everyone who helped in the creation of this site, not least Messers Smith and Friese who's unlikely story must surely be worthy of a film and if not, most certainly a feature length documentary. :!cool:

Added: April 24, 2014
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After a few comments from some Gilbern owners around the States and over seas I have decided to restore the car myself. I have had many years experience and raised in a paint and body shop since childhood. I have completed the body work and hope to have it painted the original color shortly. I am looking to find some parts through the club that I need. Restoration hopefully to be complete by summer of this year.

Added: March 6, 2014
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I was a former employee in my early twenties who worked with Gilbern in the early 70's working in the body prep shop at the Atlantic Trading Estate, Llantwit Fardre, Nr Pontypridd.

I also remember a work colleague Mike Markwell who still lives in Church Village 1 mile away. I recall the smell of Fibre glass resin was quite intoxicating :o

loved those cars <3


Added: February 27, 2014
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