CAR OF 1964 MAR­COS 1800 GT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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