1971 Gilbern Invader MKIII BKG 826L

The Invader was a lightweight GT car produced by Welsh company Gilbern, it was also the last model the company produced before it went bankrupt in 1973.

Around 600 Invaders were produced, with around 200 being Mk3 models like this one.

The fibreglass bodied Invader was powered by Ford’s Essex V6, and in later cars such as BKG 826L was delivered in the same state of tune as the Essex used in the sporting Capri 3000GT.

It’s actually the third low production, fibreglass bodied, Ford V6 car I’ve featured on Candid Cars after the Reliant Scimitar GT SE4 and TVR Tasmin 280i.

Unlike the earlier cars which used MGC-based suspension, the Mk3 used complete front subframe from Ford’s Mk3 Cortina. The resulting wider track also meant new bodywork that was wider and lower than the original. All the Mk3 Invaders were factory built in Llantwit Fardre, Wales

Honest John talks favourably of the Invader in a review, mentioning a good drive with tight handling and decent spares availability thanks to the amount of off-the-shelf components from BMC and Ford. The car is criticised on its ‘indifferent’ build quality and the fact its glass fibre panels don’t age particularly well (at least they don’t rust!).

BKG 826L was presented for sale at auction at some time around 2010. The auction description noted the car’s Wolfrace alloys and Recaro seats as deviations from its original spec – items that are still on the car today.

  • BKG 826L 1971 Gilbern Invader MkIII front
  • BKG 826L 1971 Gilbern Invader MkIII rear
  • BKG 826L 1971 Gilbern Invader MkIII side
Registration Number:BKG 826L
Make:Gilbern
Model:Invader MkIII
First registered (UK):1 January 1971
Location:Bristol

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Oli Woodman

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