This 1970 Marcos GT Was Once Banned from the U.S.

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Personally, I absolutely love small and short classic cars, especially small sports cars. And I’m definitely not the only one. While the Marcos GT may not on the same level (size-wise) as these it definitely makes the cut in my book.

First, a fun fact: Marcos was founded in Dolgellau, North Wales, in 1959 by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. 

I was planning on giving some cool background on this featured 1970 Marcos GT that we transported  (from Florida to New Jersey) but our customer, Chris, pretty much covered it all (Thanks Chris). So heres the rundown:

Q: What was the reason for transporting your car?
A: I sent the Marcos to the only person in North America that has nut and bolt expertise in restoring these cars and after nearly a year’s worth of work the car’s frame off restoration was complete and needed a trusted shipper to bring the now concours condition vehicle from Florida to its home in New Jersey.

Q: Is there anything unique about the car?
A: What is not unique about a Marcos GT? There are roughly 30 in the United States and at 43” off of the ground the Marcos GT is one of the shortest production cars ever built.

From a historic relevance, the brand’s creators can be linked to game changing vehicle innovations like those found in the revolutionary Mosquito Bomber, Lotus Elite, Lotus 11, Lister Jaguars and Birdcage Maserati to name a few.
Early cars featured a wooden monocoque chassis and sweeping fiberglass body that featured ageless beauty and a host of 4 and 6 cylinder motors from Ford, Volvo and Triumph in later runs.

As a limited production British sports, the Marcos GT was a no compromise performance design that saw track time across many of the great European race courses but it was a car that would be equally at home in the streets of London being driven by a rock star like Rod Stewart who indecently owned two GTs.

I would like to think my 1970 Marcos Gt is special in its own right because of its unbelievable paper work trail. My Marcos is a 3 Liter Volvo powered, steel framed, US spec car that took twelve years before it made it to the States.
As new it was detained in customs for 5 years and was eventually sold in a London Auction. The then owner of the car toured around Europe for some time and connected with a New York attorney who eventually bought the car and had it shipped to Newark, NJ.

Shortly thereafter the attorney hit some hard times financially and sold the Marcos to the founder of a New York City Advertising Agency who made his fortune helping to launch brands like Datsun in the United States. Some 30 years later it was this fellow who grew too old to enter and exit the vehicle and posted it for sale and from there, the rest is history.

Q: Did the transport process meet your expectations?
A: Yes. The Driver was super. His rig was exceptional and the car arrived exactly when it was promised.

Thanks Chris, we’re glad the transport was up to par – you deserve it (just for choosing such a sexy car 🙂