Marcos V6 In Luxembourg
Following Mechanical Attention to the hydraulics, my dad test drives his Marcos V6 round the hotel's underground car park whilst on tour in Luxembourg! The car park was like a studio for photos and had superb acoustics!! :)
1967 Marcos 1600 GT - Sully Antique Car Show 2012
Thu Stubbs of Creative Auto Imaging interviews Dave Mensh with his 1967 Marcos 1600 GT at the 39th Annual Sully Antique Car Show on June 17, 2012 in Chantilly, VA.
In 1964, Marcos introduced a very attractive two-seater coupe which is still being produced in modern times. Little changed from the initial design and it has proved to be a timeless and alluring creation.
These coupes were created in an unusual fashion, using laminated plywood for the chassis construction. GRP was used for the outer body panels. The front seats were mounted to the rear bulkhead which meant they could not be moved. To accommodate the different sizes of passengers, the foot pedals could be adjusted to the correct length. A small wheel located under the dash made the process a little less cumbersome, though highly unusual. The 1600 was powered by a Ford Cortina MK II GT engine which was capable of carrying the car to a top speed of around 115 mph. This was a vast improvement over the prior version of the car, the 1500. Zero-to-sixty for the 1600 was in the 11 second range.
Marcos was founded in Luton, in Bedfordshire, England, in 1959 by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. Frank Costin had earlier worked on the De Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers and from there he got the idea to use plywood for the chassis. The company moved to a converted mill in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire in 1963 and in 1971 to a £125,000 purpose built factory at nearby Westbury.
Problems with exporting cars to the USA and the move to the expensive new premises led to financial troubles in the 1970s and by 1971 they were out of business. In July 1971 it was reported that the Rob Walker Group of Companies, a principal dealer, had taken over the stocks and assets of the business and established a new company, Marcos Ltd. The new owners insisted that production would continue, albeit, at least in the short term, only for the UK market. Marcos dealers in the UK had been heavily discounting new cars since the end of 1970, however, while a report at the time of the collapse stated that the company's stock of 35 unsold cars in the USA had had to be "liquidated": in reality there seems to have been a substantial stock of new cars still looking for buyers, and it is not clear whether, over the next few years, any more were built. Just a year later, one Saturday in June 1972, what was described as "a cash jumble sale of Marcos bits - prototype and shop soiled components, benches, tools..." took place at what was could now be characterized as the "old Marcos Cars factory" at Westbury. The sale was occasioned by the company's reorganization and move to a smaller factory.
Jem Marsh however stayed in the auto business. In 1976 he bought back the rights to the Marcos name, and in 1981 the Marcos was re-launched with the Marcos V6 Coupe that was sold in kit form.
Marcos went bankrupt again in 2000, but thanks to a wealthy Canadian, Tony Stelliga buying the company, production was again revived in 2002. The race car production was relocated to the Netherlands while road car production moved to Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. By 2005 most of the designers from the near to bankrupt TVR joined the company.
On 9 October 2007 it was announced that Marcos would cease car production and go into voluntary liquidation.
The first car, the 1960 Marcos GT was a rather strange looking device with gullwing doors and a windscreen in four panels. For production the body was made less radical but initially retained the gullwing doors. It was powered by a choice of Ford engines varying from 997 cc to 1498 cc and had Standard 10 and Triumph Herald steering and suspension components. Thirty nine were made up to 1963.
In 1961 the brothers Dennis Adams and Peter Adams started working with Marcos and they introduced a number of changes to the original design, so the Marcos Luton Gullwing, and the Spyder were introduced in November 1961, immediately transformed to the Marcos Fastback GT , was displayed at the London Racing Car Show in 1963. The chassis were glued of mainly 3 mm thin sheets of marine plywood, giving the cars a very strong monocoque and unbeatable low total weight (internationally homologated with 475 kg), resulting in a great performance in sportscar competition. Totally 39 cars were produced of these early Marcos models and nearly all of them were used for national and international racing purpose.
Marcos V6 Ford 3L
Prise en main et essai de la Marcos V6 3L Ford du Garage Barbieux à Laventie (62).
Une voiture étonnante qui demande un temps d'adaptation pour ceux qui n'ont pas l'habitude d'avoir la conduite à droite. La sensation de dépaysement est aussi renforcée par le position très basse du conducteur (la portière ouverte, on touche le sol avec la main).
Maniement de la boîte et de la direction virile (mais pas piégeuse). Des accélérations enivrantes avec un son...
L'intérieur est plutôt très bien fini pour une voiture de fabrication plutôt artisanale...
Marcos GT, Start Up
Firing up the, Rover V8 powered, Marcos GT for the first time, that I will be racing this year 2012.
Visit http://JamesJTucker.co.uk to see how the year is going!
BOYD CODDINGTON'S 'FRENCH CONNECTION' ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE
Boyd Coddington's French Connection Roadster Convertible on auction at ebay.com.
While many of us dream of making an impact on society during our lifetimes, and certainly some do, Boyd Coddington did so many times over with the cars he built and the people he influenced, across an industry that over time benefited from his unique vision. His achievements were numerous, and as with many of the creations that he spearheaded over the years, the French Connection is an incredible artistic endeavor, the result of considerable planning and skilled effort put forth by creative fabricators.
Top Ten Ugliest Cars In The World
The ugliest cars that have dared to touch the sweet tarmac of the world's roads. Somehow these evil designers and everyone else let these cars slip through to production.
This is why I think the car is ugly:
1. 2008 MINI Clubman:
The dual rear windshield wipers and the double doors at the back look ridiculous, the front isn't that bad, but you can't ignore a MINI cooper being stretched with a piece of sh!t taped to the back.
2. 2001 Pontiac Aztek
The blinker and headlight configuration looks weird, and so does the grille (doesn't every pontiac?) but the back sloping down at that angle is a couple degrees off?
3. 2002 FIAT Multipla
Did someone spill coffee on the part of the blueprint where the windshield meets the hood? And they decided to put in some damped headlamps that won't help at all because they'll just light up the hood. The side mirrors and the roofline are way too high up.
4. 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
The #1 car with the biggest a$s is: THE CHEVY MALIBU MAXX!!!
5. 1980 AMC Pacer
The designers made the right door 4 inches bigger to encourage people to climb in the right door......WHAET???? were they thinking, and look at it!
6. Citroen Ami
Looks like someone punched it smack bam square in the nose at the front. And at the side? Looks like it has been blown by an a million MPH wind! Look at the back window, and the car keeps getting smaller and smaller towards the end.
7. Marcos Mantis
How fast does this hunk-a-junk go? Marcos had a go at the Miura. But....of course....they FAILED!!!
8. 2006 Mitsubishi Colt CZC
Ok, I was wrong, THIS car wins the biggest a$s in the world!
9. 1972 Citroen DS
Looks like an overturned boat, HUGE at one end and tiny at the other!
10. 2004 Ssang Yong Rodius
The koreans try to make a 12 seater knock off a Mercedes Sprinter (Dodge, Freightliner). Hence "try"!
Thanks for watching!
Volvo V8 B36 Lastbil
Just showing our Volvo V8.
When we bought it the engine was just a straight-six but we decided to switch to an B36 V8. It´s the only Volvo Spetsnos in the world that got a V8 as an engine.
Marcos 1600 GT in Thailand
Ancient city of Ayutthaya location, Thailand.It sent to my country since 1970 in four cars.Ford engine Cortina two and Volvo engine V-6 two.
Old Top Gear Marcos Mantis
Old Top Gear from 1997
Tiff Needell roadtests the Marcos Mantis
This clip was extracted from the episode that was first broadcast on the 1st May 1997
Castle Combe Special GT Race April 91
A wild selection of Special Saloons, Modsports and oddball entries at Castle Combe in April 1991 with the very serious Special Saloon Skoda of Brian Fisher heading up the Thundersaloon RS500 Sierra Cosworth of Nigel Mustill (which is indecently rapid!) and the Rovers SD1s of Williamson and Erling Jenson (the white one) a host of Magquire Imps, a rather raking Marcos , a massive Boss Mustang, some Vauxhall Chevettes, some Davrians and even a convertible Mini Clubman! Within a couple of years this series was dominated by ex Group C cars....things changed rapidly!
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