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1968 Marcos 1500 GT

Amelia Island 2020 - Bonhams
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
$33,600
Sale Price
156
Lot Number
#2-
Recent Restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. 5134. Silver over black. 1498-cc, 85-hp Ford Kent L-4. 4-speed manual. Painted wire wheels, sunroof, wood dash. Becker Europa stereo, and wood-rim steering wheel.

Evaluation: Recent restoration | One of eight 1500 GTs delivered to the States and one of only four or five remaining. Some cracks and blemishes in the painted bumperettes. Decent paint. Imperfect panel fit, resulting in the door scraping against the window frame—of course panel fit was probably bad from the factory. Excellent restored interior. Fresh and gorgeous underneath. Fully restored to like-new condition. It must be one of the best Marcoses on this side of the pond.

Bottom Line: Marcos (a portmanteau of founders Gem Marsh and Frank ­Costin’s last names) built some alarmingly ugly cars, but the GT is a stunning exception. It’s an interesting car under the skin as well. In the days before ­carbon fiber, Marcos employed a bonded plywood chassis to keep weight down but maintain rigidity. The company later switched to steel, but Marcos enthusiasts (yes, there are a few out there) prefer the early wood-chassis wonders. And despite the GT’s diminutive size and low height, a tall guy can fit inside and work the pedals. Four-cylinder Marcos GTs are more often seen with 1600-cc Ford engines or with Volvo 1800s, but the 1500 still provides plenty of grunt—and
besides, this car’s previous owners clearly spent money where it counts. It could have sold for more on account of how rare and distinctive it is, but
obscure cars don’t always attract a ton of attention. A fair result, and a rewarding car for the new owner.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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