1963 Marcos 1800

British race car designer and builder Marcos decided, in the early 60s, that it would offer a road-going sports car to the general public, instead of limiting its offering only to the racing crowd. A good idea in theory, however it hit a couple of bumps on the way. The result was the 1963 Marcos 1800, which remained in production to 1964, and in later years, although heavily modified. The ’63 and ’64 models are the only ‘real’ 1800s, since Marcos realized that the car was dreadfully expensive to produce in the way it was designed, and thus had to seriously cut back after 1964, in order to bring the car to a price point that wouldn’t drive customers away.

1963 Marcos 1800
1963 Marcos 1800

The Marcos 1800 was powered by an 1778cc inline four-cylinder, supplied by Volvo, which produced 114 horsepower. The car was capable of a respectable 124 miles per hour, and accelerated to 60 in 8.3 seconds, honest numbers for 1963. The 1800 was built on a plywood frame, of all things, with a fiberglass body, had an all-independent suspension and front disc / read drum brakes.

The gradual stripping of what made the car nice in subsequent years transformed it from a nice little, albeit very expensive, sports car into something else entirely. The engine was the first to go, followed by the nice dashboard and wood steering wheel… Anyways, you get the idea. The 1963 Marcos 1800 was a nice car, that unfortunately didn’t last.

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