Struggling for many years, Marcos Engineering produced only a few examples of its flagship GT mannequin. This glorious situation restored instance not too long ago made its manner up onto the eBay public sale block, which presents a great alternative to check out this trendy British sports activities automobile.
Based in Wales in 1959, Jem Marsh and Frank Costin named their new firm Marcos Engineering. They got down to construct automobiles with a plywood chassis, just like the World Warfare 2 fighter bombers Coslin as soon as labored on. The primary manufacturing mannequin was formally referred to as the Marcos 1800, however Marcos additionally utilized the GT title to all automobiles it constructed earlier than 1970.
Launched in 1964, the 1800 took its title from the Volvo P1800 engine discovered beneath the bonnet. In typical British shed-built trend, a variety of Volvo, Ford, and Triumph engines have been used — eight varieties in complete.
Our instance immediately is a later construct from 1969, after the corporate elevated the cylinder depend up entrance to 6. Six-cylinder variations used both a Ford Essex V6 or a Volvo straight-six (an engine initially reserved just for US-bound fashions).
Moreover, American variations acquired a tubular steel chassis as an alternative of wooden, and had Borg-Warner automated transmissions. The vendor particulars through the eBay itemizing that he had the automated transmission swapped with a Volvo four-speed unit. Appears extra becoming.
Round 60 U.S.-market automobiles have been produced in complete, making this GT a really uncommon car. Lovingly restored in 2013 by knowledgeable store over 15 months, the GT discovered a brand new proprietor for $43,500.
Marcos suffered by means of monetary difficulties early on, in addition to issues with importing automobiles into america — a significant marketplace for the corporate’s success.
The aforementioned troubles put Marcos out of enterprise for the primary time in 1971. A vendor acquired the model, and although manufacturing was purported to proceed in smaller numbers, it’s unclear whether or not any extra automobiles have been constructed on the time.
The corporate skilled one other reorganization in 1972 as a money sale proper on the manufacturing unit. Jem Marsh maintained curiosity in his automobile firm and was capable of purchase again the rights to the Marcos title in 1976. The relaunch of the Marcos model got here in 1982 with the V6 Coupé, bought solely in package kind. Over the years, Marcos engineers modified the Coupé to accommodate Rover or Ford V8 engines. The corporate continued to provide a really small variety of racing and passenger automobiles, together with a second technology of the GT from 1984 by means of 1989. In 1992, the Marcos manufacturing unit opened again up, producing the Coupé.
A subsequent chapter occurred in 2000. Manufacturing began once more in 2002 with the assistance of a Canadian entrepreneur and Jem Marsh. Within the mid-2000s Marcos gained some new workers as TVR neared its finish.
As of writing, the ultimate nail within the coffin for Marcos got here in 2007, when the corporate as soon as once more entered liquidation. Jem Marsh handed away in March of 2015 and didn’t get to see a Marcos return to manufacturing in his ultimate years. The reminiscence of Marcos is saved alive by means of devoted collectors, and the race variations that tear round tracks immediately.
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