British race car manufacturer Marcos decided, towards the end of the 60s, that having a four-seater, street-legal sports car would do wonders for business, and invested in the developed of what turned out to be the 1970 Marcos Mantis M70. This potent sports car had a strange, bug-eye design which it turns out didn’t appeal to many, but hid quite well a remarkable automobile. For starters, the Mantis M70 was a real four-seater, not an embarrassing 2+2, and it had a very good chassis and suspension, partially borrowed from Triumph, which gave it superior handling.
Contrary to its Mantis predecessors who were powered by Ford V6 engines, the M70 instead relied on a 2.5-liter, inline six-cylinder from Triumph, with a carburattor. Producing 150 horsepower, this engine was legal in the United States, which the Marcos team saw as the primary market. Using a four-speed manual transmission, the car was good for a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Precise acceleration figures are unfortunately not available,
The other thing that’s unfortunate is that only 32 of these cars were ever built before the company went belly up in 1972. If you own a 1970 Marco Mantis M70, you’ve got a very rare automobile on your hands!