CAR OF 1964 MARCOS 1800 GT
On paper, it didn’t look that great for the Marcos 1800 GT. It boasted a cast-iron Volvo engine, bodywork crafted out of glassfibre and a chassis made of plywood. These were hardly attributes guaranteed to get enthusiasts of sophisticated sporting machinery excited. However, where the 1800 excelled was in its appearance, penned by Dennis Adams. It was a stunning, almost startling-looking car for the era, with sinuous styling (including an E-type-ish front end) that wouldn’t have disgraced much more expensive exotica. Of course, how good it turned out in the end was rather dependent on the purchaser, as most were sold as kits. Space inside was unusually generous because Jem Marsh (who’d started Marcos with Frank Costin) was 6ft 4in. Alternatives to the Swedish 1780cc four-cylinder engine from Ford and Triumph soon followed, including V4 and V6 units. Production ended in 1972, but a revived Marcos brought the car back from 1981-1990.