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

Classic Auto Shipping

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 🙂

Sleek Classic 1927 Ford Roadster

Classic Car Transport

So whats a roadster? Excellent question, thanks for asking. According to our anonymous sources at a highly secret intelligence agency AKA Wikipedia a roadster is “an open two-seat car with emphasis on sporting appearance or character”.

 So what’s a really hot roadster? Even better question. Why not just take a look at the pictures above. This gorgeous 1927 Ford Roadster was shipped from Pennsylvania to Washington State. When we asked our customer Glenn what makes this car unique his response was right on the button for a true car enthusiast,

 “As far as anything unique about the car…it’s really cool, but there are a lot of cool cars out there. I guess what makes it unique is that this one is mine.”

Well, cant argue with that and truth be told take one look at it and I think anyone can see this is seriously “cool and unique”, wouldn’t mind owning one myself (wink wink my birthday is coming up).

As far as shipping,

“The shipping process very much met my expectations. It was very fast (well under the estimated time-frame) and the car was not at all damaged during shipment. The person I dealt with at United Routes (Jake) was very easy to work with, punctual and honest when answering the myriad of questions I had asked. Very happy with my purchase and my choice of shipping companies. If I purchase another car that requires shipment I would not hesitate to use this shipping company again. I will also recommend this company to friends that may need a service of this nature.”

Thanks Glenn! We’re glad you love the car and even happier we could help.

1966 Batmobile Shipped to Car Show (From Gotham)

Enclosed Auto Transport

Did someone say iconic?

A few months ago we were very excited to ship one of the batmobiles AKA The Keaton-Mobile. Well things got even better this week when we transported the original (yes the actual one) batmobile.

Early summer of last year this comic book lovers dream was put on the auction block at Barret Jackson. The lucky winner, Arizona businessman Rick Champagne told the media he is planning on displaying the car in his living room. Now that’s what we call a conversation piece. Here’s a crazy conversation, the car went for $4.6 million, 50 years ago George Barris paid a $1 for the very same car (well not exactly but sounds good), we’ll just blame inflation. For the full story check out this pretty sweet site completely dedicated to the 1966 TV Batmobile.

Fast forward to 2014 and United Routes (hey, that’s us) was hired to transport the car from Arizona to a Texas auto show. Thanks Batman for giving us this opportunity, now please go save the world.

Transported Another Classic Beauty – 1941 Packard 160

Shipped this Packard from Massachusetts

 

Ah the Packard; The timeless classic that brought joy to America’s wealthiest as early as 1899. As a high-end luxury vehicle these beauties often sold for 3,4 and 5 times more then many popular cars at the time.

The Packard vehicles were so loved that by 1928 the Packard Motor Car Company had a gross income of $21,889,000 – roughly $304,464,469 in 2014.  Did you know that Packard was also the first to offer air conditioning and 12 cylinder engines in passenger cars (yes, I do love wikipedia).

Questions for John I. – New owner of this 1941 Packard 160

Q: What was the reason for transporting your car?
A: “Bought the car via the internet – I live in Portland, OR and the car was in East Dennis, MA. So, had to have it shipped.”

Q: Is there anything unique about the car?
A: “It’s a 138” wheelbase vs the usual 127”, two tone paint, dual side mount spare tires, and has the Electro-Matic clutch option which was a new invention at the time.”

Q: Did the transport process meet your expectations?
A: “Actually, the whole process exceeded my expectations! You were able to ship before anyone else and the car arrived earlier than expected which was great!”

Aww, thanks John, we love us too! 🙂

Chevrolet 3100 Took A Trip To Texas

Classic Car Transport

This 1954 Chevy 3100 is part of the Chevy series known as the Advance Design. There were a number of changes implemented into series starting in 1947 through 1955. However 1954 had arguably the only significant design change of the entire series. Among those changes included switching from a 2 piece windshield to a more curved one-piece, remodeled steering wheel and dashboard, and of course the grille – remodeled to what is known as the “bull nose” grille.

We shipped one these 54′ Chevy 3100’s for Randy and he could not be happier “Here is my new ride delivered by United Routes. Those guys are great, so if you are as picky as me about your classic cars and trucks, use them. Odessa,Missouri to Kemp, Texas, not a scratch. Thanks, Randy”.

Is that a piece of history on a boat? Yup!

Shipped a 1930 Franklin Roadster

Known as a serious luxury car brand, the Franklin Automobile Company unfortunately met it’s demise during the great depression. It’s 30 years of production clearly made it’s mark in automobile history – selling about 150,000 cars.

The picture above is from our customer who was getting his 1930 Franklin Roadster Coupe restored. We met him at the ferry and he took it for a ride into Massachusetts.

There have been only 6,043 produced and the original base price was $2,885 (roughly $41,174 today adjusted for inflation).

Specs:
2 door
Weight: 3,950 lbs
Wheelbase: 132 in
6 cylinders
Rated Horsepower:29.4
Air-cooled cooling sytem

Why We Love THIS 1956 Chevy 210

Shipped a 56′ Chevy 210 to Family Member

 

The Chevy 210 was beautiful but unfortunately short-lived, You can only find models from the 1953-1957 making it pretty hard to get your hand on for any Chevy classic enthusiast. The 210 replaced the Styleline Deluxe model and was then taken over by the Biscayne.  Our customer Brian had one of the 4-door sedans but this model was offered with a2 door coupe, 2-door hard top, 4 door wagon and 2-door convertible as well.

Brian actually used to work on this car with his uncle while he was in High school. The car has been in his family for over 30 years. #NostalgicMuch. We are so happy we could bring Brian this priceless family treasure. He literally helped restore it over 25 years ago.  As far as transport goes, well just ask our customer “It was painless and the car arrived flawless [and] ahead of schedule!”. This car is special but it’s sentimental value is really what anyone would call beautiful.

Shipped a 1964 Pontiac GTO Owned by Retired Navy Veteran

1964 GTO | Classic Car Transport
1964 GTO | Classic Car Transport

Texas to Virginia Auto Transport

Our happy customer wrote to us about this white 1964 GTO that we just shipped to Virginia for her.

Let’s just say we think she likes her new treat, just a little bit 🙂  Check out her story below.

I’ve always loved cars, grew up in the 50’s and 60’s during the height of the “car culture”.  I got my driver’s license in 1964 which was the year the Mustang and GTO came out.

My first classic car was a pink 1957 Thunderbird which had an automatic transmission;  I had a left knee injury and could no longer operate a clutch.  I finally got a total knee replacement and joked with my surgeon that I wouldn’t know if the surgery was successful until I could drive a stick shift again!  After I sold the baby bird a couple of years ago, I started looking for a 1964 to 1967 GTO convertible. I didn’t want a trailer queen; I wanted to drive!  but also wanted a good looking car.   I watched numerous classic car websites, eBay, etc.  There were many GTOs but something was always missing.

In early May, I got an early morning email from ClassicCars.com featuring a 1964 GTO convertible.  There were 72 photos of this car in Texas.  I contacted the seller right away, got the asking price and told him I was very interested.  I could not locate a professional appraiser in that area.  I debated flying to Texas to look at it but couldn’t swing that so I contacted a friend in Texas and asked if she had any “car guy” buddies.  “That would be Jim!”  Jim is restoring a 1964 Cutlass Olds which is almost a twin of the GTO.  The seller, a fellow vet of my vintage, promised he wouldn’t sell his car to anyone else until after my man had a chance to see it.   He kept his word, Jim loved the car and I didn’t even try to negotiate the price!

On a roll, I decided to use classiccars.com this time to find a transporter to bring the car from Texas to Virginia.  I requested estimates from six carriers.  Not only was United Routes the lowest bidder, Jake was the only one who called me to see if I had any questions.  As other bids dribbled in, slowly, I decided to reward customer support with my business.

Although I was anxious to get the car delivered, the seller had various commitments which delayed transport.  Jake rolled with these punches and despite a holiday weekend, managed to set up a pick up time convenient for everyone.  The driver Ivan was great about calling me to let me know when he thought he’d arrive and finally, on a Sunday afternoon, I laid eyes on my new ’64 GTO for the first time!  Ivan told me it was the nicest GTO he had transported in 4 years that he’s been doing this.  Of course, I sucked that right up!
So here is my ’64 GTO, 389 tripower, 4 speed, factory air, white with red interior.  and it really moves!
Owner with 1964 GTO
As delivered (driver in red), me grinning

 

The funny thing is that when I finally got behind the wheel to take my first drive, I couldn’t reach the pedals or see over the steering wheel!  A couple of pillows later, top down, off we went!

1964 GTO going for a ride
It’s time to take this baby for a spin

At a Christmas party in December, we all had to bring ornaments for the tree that represented our goals or hopes for the coming year.  I had a GTO ornament.  Today I collected it off the tree, the first one to do so.  I might just have to hang that from the rear view mirror!

 

United Routes shipped a white 1964 GTO to Texas
Look it’s a mini GTO

 

I am now looking for a license plate frame that says “I got a knee replacement for this!”
Sue Hammer, 67 years old
retired Navy
currently an Alpaca breeder

 

58′ Mercedes 300D Car Transport – California Here We Come

New Jersey to California Auto Transport

 

Laguna Beach, CA here we come. There is very few things more beautiful then the good old west coast but we found one. This 1958 Mercedes 300D Adenauer 4 door convertible is definitely one of them. We provided Peter with a covered car transport from NJ all the way to CA. We may or may not have stayed for a quick dip in the Pacific – Don’t tell our bosses!

Classic Car Transport Specs of the Week | 58′ Mercedes 300D Adenauer
• 4 Door Convertible
• Hardtop Configuration
• 180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) at 5500 rpm
• Additional 4 inches wheelbase (as compard to the 300c)
• Auto transmission