Some quotes from the motoring press on the Marcos GT.
|Modern Motor July1960||Xylon : "...despite the prototypes modest power unit, its performance was an eye opener...We approached a roundabout at impossible speed and while I tried to still my chattering teeth he threw it into a slide -a completely controllable one, I'm glad to say!...One could sense the great stiffness of structure and certainly the excellence of steering geometry and weight distribution. Most impressive!"|
|Motor June 1965||1800 Road Test : "As an eye-catching design there is little doubt about the success of the styling; no test car has ever attracted more attention from bystanders...."|
"This is a very fast car with a top speed approaching 120mph and vivid acceleration that only 6 test cars in the past 2 years have bettered to 50mph - only 1 of them by more than a second...."
"The cornering power of the Marcos 1800 is enormously high and it is a beautifully balanced car...two of our drivers claimed that no other test car had given them more enjoyment...on deserted roads."
|Autocar August 1968||1600 GT : "...it is a great fun car, guaranteed to turn the heads of passers by and give drivers lots of satisfaction." |
"We would rather it had more of a lion in its heart (why not a Zodiac V6) so that it could live up to its looks a bit more vividly. As it stands, it is well-tamed and safe."
|Motor 1969||Ford 3 litre road test : "It looks different, it feels different and it really is different from just about any other car on the road, in all sorts of ways."|
"Where the Marcos excels even more is in its fantastic roadholding, probably the best of any production car we have ever driven.Its superb, lurch-free cornering makes it extremely fast across country, and its progress viewed from above would look like a squat arrow darting, swooping, squirting its way round mobile and static chicanes...its top gear acceleration from 30 to 100 mph actually betters that of an E-type....the E-type has a rival on performance/cost ratio."
"If you've ever driven a well set-up production car on racing tyres, say a modified MGB, you will have some idea of the cornering power of the Marcos on normal 175-13 Avon radials."
"Fast and striking, this car is an extrovert among sports machinery and we all found it tremendous fun to drive and we readily tolerated its failings."
|Autocar 1971||Volvo 3 litre road test : "With its wide tyres, low centre of gravity and good suspension geometry, there is every reason why the Marcos should handle well, and it does..."|
"Expensive, but fun" - In 1971 a Marcos cost more than E-Type!
|Thoroughbred & Classic cars 1990||TVR vs Marcos test : "The Marcos, though, feels every bit as different as it is. At first you find yourself craning forward awkwardly; you have to keep telling yourself to lean back. When you do, you get the curious feeling of driving while lying in an armchair with your feet up; it's terrific!"|
"I like cars to be as odd as possible. Given the chance, I'd take the Marcos"
|Practical Classics 1990||Volvo 3 litre report : "Driving the Marcos was a real pleasure...exciting and comfortable."|
"The driving position is low, straight legged and very much akin to that of the Lotus Europa..."
|Kit Car 1990||Ford V6 report : "...I was in control of a pure driving machine..."|
"...the handling and responses making each back lane blast a truly pleasurable experience."
|Performance Car 1995||Mantara Test : "...the 4.6 Mantara just goes faster and faster, keeping a steady head, not wallowing or bottoming out, steering with commendable accuracy..."|
|Autocar & Motor, 1997||Mantis Test :
"...with a thumping new quad-cam Ford V8
engine up front and aggressive new
bodywork draped over the top it rockets
Marcos right into the sub £50,000 supercar league"
"..this is the smoothest, best mannered V8 we have yet experienced in a low volume British Sportscar."
|Autocar March 1998||Supercharged Mantis Test : "...I can't recall a car that brought such unbridled joy to those who ogled it."|
"Supercharger wings Mantis to 100mph in 10sec dead - quicker than any Ferrari, Porsche's Carrera or a Viper."
"Very quick and very hairy. A genuine sportscar, warts and all."
|PistonHeads website, 2003||TSO Road Test :
"When it came to the TSO’s chassis and suspension, Prodrive started by taking a close look (including computer analysis) at what Marcos were already using and concluded that it was pretty damn good."
"As you’d expect with 400bhp in a one ton car, the TSO R/T offers straight-line performance few cars can match. Marcos estimate 0 – 60 in around four seconds and 0- 100 in under 10, though with no speedo to go on, all I can tell you for sure is that it’s very quick, especially at over 4,000rpm."
|Autocar, 2005||TSO GT2 Road Test :
"Even above the all-consuming roar of the V8 and the scream of tyres being wantonly melted richoteting around this tiny furnace of a cockpit, I can hear myself laughing."
"Stelliga claims he wanted a car that traded outright grip for a friendly attitude on the limit and the Prodrive guys have definitely delivered his wishes. The steering is light – not especially communicative but wonderfully accurate and devoid of kickback, and the chassis itself is very friendly, both when it comes to flicking sideways, and in gathering itself back in."
|AutoExpress, 2005||TSO GT2 Review :
"...as a different take on a well-tried formula it represents a welcome breath of fresh air in a very small market place."
"...The Marcos engineers have managed to keep weight down to just 1070kg so a tyre section that might seem narrow for the average hatch is big enough."
|Autocar, 2007||TSO GTC Review :
"The Marcos is even better in corners. Read a lot into the fact that Prodrive set up this car"
"The Marcos, for all its faults, was a sensation to punt across the peaks."
"The most telling thing I can say about the Marcos is that I felt a real sense of loss when I left our last location...the Marcos captured a little bit of my heart. It may be gone but it will never be forgotten".
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