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Buying a Marcos
To get one of these badges, it's best if it comes attached to one of these.
The Marcos GT first appeared in 1964 and production of the 'traditional, Marcos finished in 1992 although two additional models, the Martina and Mantara continued in production until 1998.
After 1998, the cars made by Marcos retained a similar silhouette but were more 'muscle car', 'rounded' and had extended curves and bumps. We'll deal with those cars later and concentrate on the early cars to start with.
Depending on the age of the car your thinking of buying it could well be over fifty years old. In that time the raw materials, as well as running gear used on the cars, have come a long way. Manufacturing techniques in fibreglass were in their infancy in the 60's and it can show!
"Fibreglass cars don't rot so what's the worry?"
Don't believe it, you need your wits about you when buying one of these cars otherwise you could end up paying a fortune to get what you thought was a classic runner, anywhere close to a usable car.
Buyer beware is always a good attitude to take and don't be fooled by the curves and beauty of these cars. Whilst it's impossible to detail exactly what to look for on every car, we'll try to point out some of the pitfalls and things to look for when buying a car. We can prepare you with a little bit of knowledge for your crusade.
We can't stress this part enough, seek advice, contact the Marcos Owners Club for help when buying a Marcos. It could save you a lot of time and stress, and money.
as with many tings, it's the bits you can't see that are the areas you need to be awre of and that starts with the chassis.
Marcos GT cars up until around 1969 would have a wooden chassis. !969/1970 were the transition years where Marcos turned to a cheaper and easier to build metal steel chassis.
With wooden chassis cars you have got to get under it and give it a good look on the exterior and interior. Check for damp, check the boot, footwells and engine bay. Whilst wooden chassis cars are easily restorable, it requires a different skill set and can take longer and cost more. Wooden chassis can still be repaired, and even purchased from specialists.
Metal chassis on the other hand, are certainly more readily available, well in comparison to their wooden counterparts, and as far as repairing a chassis goes, anyone competent at welding and measuring could undertake their own repairs.
That said the Marcos Owners Club can help in obtaining a new metal chassis should you require one.
Unfortunaltly the metal used for the original chassis was manufactured fifty years ago or more and the quality is not a high as todays standards. The chassis is extremely prone to rusting and you really need to check with any seller when the chassis was last replaced as it can be a slow, painful and somewhat expensive job, especially if you turn your pride and joy fully over to a classic car restaoration company.