Marcos was a sports car manufacturer. The company was founded 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.
In 1961 the brothers Dennis Adams and Peter Adams started working with Marcos and they introduced a number of changes to the original design and in 1963 they first displayed the Marcos GT. Originally it used the same Ford Taunus V4 engine as the Saab 96, but in the late 1960s the GT chassis was changed from plywood to a more conventional steel chassis. This shortened the production time and also made it possible to use the more powerful Ford Essex V6 engine (UK). In the early 1970s the exhaust regulations in the USA became tighter and Marcos chose a Volvo engine to pass the emissions limits.
In 1965 came the Mini Marcos. The Mini was significantly shorter than the usual Marcos cars, and it was the only British car to finish Le Mans the following year.
In 1968 came the Mantis. It was a pure racing car, a single seater powered by a mid-mounted BRM-Repco V8. Later a 2+2 Mantis was also produced, but the design was not well received and few were sold.
Poor sales in the USA led to financial troubles in the 1970s and by 1971 they were out of business.
Jem Marsh stayed in the auto business and in 1976 he bought the rights to the Marcos name and in 1981 the Marcos was relaunched with the Marcos V6 Coupe that was sold in kit form. In 1984 the Marcos Mantula appeared, powered by a Rover V8. In 1986 came the convertible Marcos Spyder with a design similar to the GT.
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