Gilbern cars Ltd was the only manufacturer of Welsh cars. The company began in the South Wales Valleys in the village of Llantwit Fardre, Rhondda Valley in South Wales. It was founded by a Welsh butcher named Giles Smith and a German engineer named Bernard Friese, who stayed in the UK after being a prisoner of war during WWII.
It was 1959 and they wanted to create a light and nimble sports car so they decided to make the car’s bodywork out of fibreglass. The came up with the name of Gilbern being the first syllable of each of their Christian names of Gil and Bern.
Gilbern Models and Specs
The GT was powered by a 1.8ltr BMC engine of 95HP which was quite nippy for its day with an acceleration of 0-60MPH coming up in around 11 seconds and a top speed exceeding 100MPH.
Both the Genie and the Invader models had very similar specs and performance figures….
The Gilbern Genie came into existence in the late 1960s and was powered by a more powerful 2.6ltr V6 British engine and produced 0-60MPH acceleration speed of a little over 8 seconds with 141bhp and top speed of around 115MPH
Finally we have the Gilvern Invader, the most powerful being powered usually by a Ford V6 which brought up a 0-60MPH claim of around 8 seconds seconds also with 141bhp and top speed of around 115MPH