Gilbern Sports Cars (Components) Ltd
1966 to 1969
Ford 3 litre V-6
93 in (2,400 mm)
159 in (4,000 mm)
65 in (1,700 mm)
51.50 in (1,308 mm)
1,960 1b, (889 kg)
The Gilbern Genie was a small British sports car from the 1960s.
In 1966 a larger, more up-market model, the Genie, appeared at the London Motor Show from Gilbern.With a body in plastic material and tubular type chassis ,the two doors coupé came with four seats. It could be had with either a 2.5- or 3-litre Ford V6 engine and gearbox with optional overdrive, but the steering and back axle were still BMC units from the MGB. The rear suspension differed from the MG in having rigid axle, twin trailing radius arms, transverse linkage bar, coil springs and telescopic dampers. Distribution of weight at 53% to front axle and 47% to the rear axle.The 2.5-litre version was dropped in 1968. In 1969 a complete car cost around £2000.
- Engine Capacity 182.69 cu in, 2,994 cu cm
- max power (SAE): 144 hp at 4,750 rpm
- max torque (SAE): 192 1b ft, 26.5 kg m at 3,000 rpm
- max engine rpm: 6,000
- specific power: 48.1 hp/l
- Fuel Consumption 25 m/imp gal, 20.8 m/US gal, 11.3 1 x 100 km
- Max Speed 108 mph, 173.9 km/h
- max speeds: 108 mph, 173.9 km/h in 4th gear
- power-weight ratio: 13.7 lb/hp, 6.2 kg/hp
- acceleration: standing 1/4 mile 16.8 sec, 0—50 mph (0—80 km/h) 6.9 sec
Gilbern Genie Technical details and specifications (1966-1969)
front, 4 stroke
cylinders: 6, Vee-slanted at 60°
bore and stroke: 3.69 x 2.85 in, 93.7 x 72.4 mm
engine capacity: 182.69 cu in, 2,994 cu
cylinder block: cast iron
cylinder head: cast iron
crankshaft bearings: 4
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, in line, push-rods and rockers
camshafts: 1, at centre of Vee
lubrication: rotary pump, full flow filter
lubricating system capacity: 9.80 imp pt, 11.84 US pt, 5.6 1
carburation: 1 Weber 40 DFA-I downdraught twin barrel carburettor
fuel feed: mechanical pump
cooling system: water
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate (diaphragm);
gearbox: mechanical; gears: 4 + reverse
synchromesh gears: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
final drive: hypoid bevel
axle ratio: 3.900.
front suspension: independent, wishbones, coil springs, antl-roll bar, lever dampers
rear suspension: rigid axle, twin trailing radius arms, transverse linkage bar, coil springs, telescopic dampers.
turns of steering wheel lock to lock: 2.87.
turning circle (between walls): 31 ft, 9.5 m
front disc, rear drum.
voltage: 12 V
battery: 53 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
wheel base: 92.75 in, 2,356 mm
front track: 52.50 in, 1,333 mm
rear track: 52 in, 1,321 mm
overall length: 159 in, 4,039 mm
overall width: 65 in, 1,651 mm
overall height: 51.50 in, 1,308 mm
ground clearance: 5.75 in, 146 mm
dry weight: 1,960 1b, 889 kg
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Gilbern Genie maintenance and Service Guide (1966-1969)
fuel: 97 oct petrol
engine oil: 9.50 imp pt, 11.42 US pt, 5.4 1, SAE 1OW-30, change every 3,000 miles, 4,800 km
gearbox oil: 5 imp Pt, 5.92 US pt, 2.8 1, SAE 30, change every 6,000 miles, 9,700 km
final drive oil: 2.75 imp pt, 3.38 US Pt, 1.6 1, SAE 90, change every 10,000 miles, 16,100 km
greasing: every 3,000 miles, 4,800 km, 5 points
cooling system capacity: 20 imp Pt, 24.10 US Pt, 11.4 1.
tappet clearances: inlet 0.010 in, 0.25 mm, exhaust 0.018 in, 0.46 mm
valve timing: inlet opens 20° before tdc and closes 56° after bdc, exhaust opens 62° before bdc and closes 14° after tdc
normal tyre pressure: front 21 psi, 1.5 atm, rear 24 psi, 1.7 atm.
width of rims: 4.5"
tyres: 165 x 15
fuel tank capacity: 13.5 imp gal, 16.1 IJS gal, 61 1 (2 separate tanks).
carrying capacity: 706 1b, 320 kg
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