© 2014-2019 Automodello
- Year: 1964
- Exterior: Homage Black
- Scale: 1:43 with Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Jem Marsh, founder of Marcos
- Marque: Marcos
- Manufacturer: Automodello
1964 Marcos 1800 created by Marcos Car Company. Hand-signed by Jem Marsh, founder of Marcos and hand-numbered limited edition of 24.
When Jem Marsh and Frank Costin first combined their
efforts—and their names—to produce an awkwardly styled but surprisingly
effective little wooden monocoque sports car called the Marcos, few would have
envisioned it evolving in just a few short years into the sleek machine you see
replicated here. The Marcos 1800—so named for its use of the ‘P1800’ Volvo
1783cc inline-4 engine—looks nothing like its forbearer, but hidden beneath the
low-slung fiberglass-reinforced plastic body lies the same style wooden monocoque
chassis that underpinned the first Marcos.
The body made for tight confines within, but driver and passenger were treated a fair degree of luxury in its 45-degree-reclined seats. Triumph-sourced hood latches allow the entire forward section of the body to tilt, yielding access to the Volvo powerplant, backed by a 4-speed gearbox with an MGB-sourced overdrive unit. The car’s light weight, aero-friendly shape and 114hp made it good for 9-second sprints to 60mph—quite respectable for the day—and with the overdrive engaged could hit 115mph. The stiffly sprung independent suspension yielded impressive grip as well, giving the all-around performance to validate its attention-grabbing looks.
Automodello is proud to bring this gorgeous piece of independent sports car history to premium 1:43 scale. Both the Homage and Tribute Editions personally approved and hand-signed by Jem Marsh himself.
Source: © 2014 Automodello
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