1972 Marcos GT

Lot 79 (The Pavilion Gardens, 27th November 2019)

Estimate
£16,000 - £19,000
 

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Lot details
Registration No: KGW438K
Chassis No: 5930
Mot Expiry: May 2020

- Desirable RHD non-sunroof example, fitted with Volvo's reliable 3000cc six-cylinder powerplant

- Benefits from a replacement chassis which is said to be in 'excellent condition'

- Maroon, with black interior

- Fitted with recently refurbished Cosmic alloy wheels and shod with new tyres

- Odometer displays a very credible 76,123 miles

- Described by the vendor as a "very honest and reliable vehicle" and "hard to find in this condition"

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

Marcos was founded in 1959 by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin, and it was Costin's earlier work on the De Havilland Mosquito that led to the newcomer's first monocoque chassis being constructed from marine plywood. The later Luton-built versions benefited from less radical styling by Dennis Adams and were powered by a range of Ford engines. Nine Xylons and 13 Luton Gullwings saw the light of day, many of which were raced - light and nimble, they were very successful; especially in the hands of Jackie Stewart, Jackie Oliver and Marsh himself.

Costin left the company in 1961, following which all design matters fell to Dennis Adams and his brother Peter, and it was their GT of 1964 that really put Marcos on the map. By 1969 the famous wooden chassis had been usurped by a more conventional steel one, and by 1971 Ford V6 power had been exchanged for that of the Volvo straight-six engine. 1965 had witnessed the debut of the successful Malcolm Newell-penned Mini Marcos kit car while, contrary to popular opinion, the ensuing Mantis M70 2+2 sold well, and it was problems over an American export shipment that forced Marcos into liquidation in 1972.

 

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