The legend of Marcos

The legend of Marcos is – despite interruptions – one of the longest-lasting in the field of small British sports car brands. It started in 1958 in a pub in Hitchin. There met Jem March and Frank Costin and discussed the possibilities of vehicle construction made of wood.

Jem, who was already enthusiastic about the potential of the material wood at school and Frank with his experience in aircraft construction at the bomber „wooden wonder“ Mosquito, decided to build a racing car. Frank was responsible for the wooden body that was built in North Wales, Jem brought in the machine and all the mechanical parts. The name of the joint company was composed of the two surnames of the entrepreneurs Mar – Cos.

Because of his ugliness, the first project of the Xylon was called „ugly duck“ ugly duck, but managed with Jackie Stewart as a driver considerable success in numerous races. In order to implement the sporting success also economically, one decided to build more pleasing cars. It followed the Luton Gullwing and 1963 the Fastback. But only under the design of the brothers Dennis and Peter Adams was thought less in racing missions. The result was the extremely attractive Marcos GT, which caused a sensation in 1963 at the Racing Car Show in London.

Equipped is the super-flat only 103 cm high Marcos GT originally with a standard 1.8 liter Volvo engine. But many other models found their way under the shapely bonnet. Our shown vehicle is 3-liter version with a Ford Essex V6 engine with 2978 cc, which already reveals the bulge on the hood. The windows are electric and the dashboard is upholstered. Thanks to the wooden chassis and fiberglass body, the car is a lightweight. The lightweight design allows the vehicle with 140 hp a top speed of 200 kilometers / hour. The car is equipped with a sunroof as standard. For a surcharge, there were rims made of magnesium.

The test riders were enthusiastic about the fantastic roadholding and the Formula 1 seating position. However, the difficult entry and exit, the lack of ventilation on hot days and the volume in the interior was criticized and the car therefore classified as less suitable for everyday use.

Financially, Marcos experienced turbulent times. Closures were followed regularly reopenings, most recently, the company was reopened in 2002.