This page covers some marques related to Marcos in some way. It'll cover the Adams brothers' Probes and the Costin Amigo initially.


Probes

Alongside and following their work on the Marcos brand, Dennis and Peter Adams produced a number of 'Probe' cars.

These caused a great stir with their ultra-futuristic, if not totally practical, styling.

The Adams Design Probe Number 15 (More commonly known as the Probe 15) was initially a design study in 1969 and created significant interest.


Unique Probe 15 on Marcos stand at 1969 Racing Car show

It was of ultra low build being only 29 inches high but was impractical. Access was through the sliding roof. The 875cc engine and transmission were Hillman Imp based, but it was really not practical for production and only one was ever built (although it seems a second bodyshell was later modified to fit a VW Bettle floorpan).

All the Probes continued the Marcos wood monocoque and GRP body construction.

The Probe 16 was exhibited at the 1969 London Motor Show and was taller at 34 inches making it slightly more practical. It used an Austin 1800cc engine mounted amidships and access was now by an electrically operated sliding roof.


One of only two remaining Probe 16s (in the USA)


Probe 16 as it appeared in the Daily Telegraph Magazine

The Probe 16 is also famous at the Durango from cult film, A Clockwork Orange.


Probe 16 as the 'Durango' in Clockwork Orange

Only 4 (or 5...) cars were made (at 3650 each - Almost 50,000 in today's money) to this design before the 1970 Probe 2001 was announced. This model retained the Austin 1800cc engine but the height was again raised to 37 inches. The body was revised and incorporated a roll-over cage and an aerodynamic rear spoiler.


Probe 2001 was sharper angled, but mechanically similar to 16

A total of about 20 Probes are believed to have been made before production ceased in 1972.

A Probe 7000 was shown as a mock up (looking not unlike a Scimitar GTE and supposedly to feature a 7 litre Oldsmobile engine), but none were made.

The Centaur was developed (as a kitcar) from the original Probe 15 design and engine feature Imp mechanicals - Some internet reports suggest this (built from 1973) is the car featured in the 1971 A Clockwork Orange - You do the sums...

Goran Mitevski, from Switzerland, purchased the unique Probe 15 in a somewhat modified state (with a fixed roof and flexible, beach-buggy-like side panels for easier access), but was determined to return it to its original form.


Probe 15 as it appeared in the 1990s


Probe 15 as it appeared in the 1990s

Using photographs from the period, including the Racing Car show shot above with the car on the Marcos stand, he and his fibreglass man diligently reformed the car to it's 1968 appearance and, albeit in non-running form, were present at the 50th Anniversary rally at Prescott Hillclimb.


Unique Probe 15


Unique Probe 15


Unique Probe 15


Unique Probe 15

Costin Amigo

Frank Costin was greatly responsible for the design of the earliest Marcoses.

Their unique aerodynamic shapes and wooden chassis were his ideas and, after he parted company with Jem Marsh, he retained these ideas and later designed the Costin Amigo.


Costin Amigo with Pylon in era

One unique feature of the Amigo was a 'Pylon' with a light on the top, which was mounted on the roof to alert oncoming drivers to the low slung car's presence.


Costin Amigo

Aerodynamics were of utmost importance to Costin and, despite a modest Vauxhall VX4/90 2 litre engine, the Amigo was reported to be good for over 130MPH and 0-60 in the low 7 seconds.

To achieve this, great attention was applied to drag, hence the highly sculpted air scoops for the cabin and fixed (flush) side windows with sliding panels for car parks and toll booths.


Costin Amigo

Only 8 cars were built, sadly as it was expensive (and for many) a little too quirky, but it is probably a good guide to the way Frank Costin would have taken Marcos design had he stayed involved with the marque.


Costin Amigo


Costin Amigo