eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',106,'0','0'])); Any way you cut it, this M70, to my eyes, is a very awkward looking car. Notify me of new comments via email. Hmm buy this one and crush and then seek out the other survivors…. The names comes from founders Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. Why on earth built something hideous? This 1972 Marcos Mantis M70 is said to be one of only 32 ever made. With that thought, let’s take a close look at this restored example, and don’t be afraid to pipe up if I get something wrong. No one ever liked the look of the Mantis. The reason they only sold a few is because MOST PEOPLE SEE A MISSMATCH OF DIFFERENT BODY CONTOURS THAT DON’T REALLY WORK OUT AT ALL TOGETHER! Canadian entrepreneur Tony Stelliga formed Marcos Engineering with Jem Marsh, and revived production in 2002. Maybe not the best idea in the long run, but it sure made a unique car that was amazingly light. Parts are everywhere and the only issue would be driving it on the street with a bunch of idiots out there, related to body damage of any kind. Think of a Marcos on the same level as a TVR in that they are a less reliable and more quirky Lotus. MARCOS MANTIS M70 1970 TO 1971 REAR BRAKE FLEXIBLE HOSE (EE322) £19.60. your own Pins on Pinterest To my mind ALL Marcos designs were funny looking, some of them even hideous. We’re not knocking it, it’s pretty cool actually, but in a very, very odd way. The direct opposite of astro ventilation. Whomever buys this needs to drive it off a cliff….Sorry but it is poorly designed body wise…. What a toad. https://dolgellau.uk/marcos/. Marcos died many deaths subsequent to the car featured here, which was the authentic beginning of the end. Rough, perhaps you need some of Dr. Phlathead’s Snake-oil “Milk-O-Mantis-nesia” tummy pills to quell you visual ills. John Sutton, The original Marcos Owners Club, for owners and those interested in Marcos cars. To me, it has the look of 8 different kit cars, all pieced together poorly. Operations spanned the years from 1959 until 2007 with a cease in operations between 1971 and 1976 due to export problems and costs associated with a later move from Kenilworth to Westbury. Only thing sweeter than these Dunlop wheels were those made by Cosmic. https://live.staticflickr.com/4128/35588030782_593d1f9bb2_n.jpg. Martin Horrocks, Plenty of airline tickets available. Super light and actually goes pretty good. And write an article. Production ended in 1972 when Marcos went out of business forthe first time, though the car was resurrected by Autotune who sold an unknown but likely very small number in the mid 80’s as the Mirage. 1970s Marcos Mantis M70 sports car . Listing 1 adverts. Nov 17, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Notorious Carter. As the seller states, this is one of only 32 built and it is a rare automobile. I would own it if I had the room simply because of what it is, and I’m not interested in its upside potential and so on. Second generation of the Marcos Mantis was the 4-seater M70. Race car production was relocated to the Netherlands while road car production moved to Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. Oct 19, 2013 - Learn more about Never Seen One: 1972 Marcos Mantis M70 on Bring a Trailer, the home of the best vintage and classic cars online. Enjoy a short clip of two rare Marcos Mantis V8 GT Supercharged roll by. Find it here on eBay classifieds in Wincanton, England for 14,500 pounds (~$23,140 today). So they never tested the cars in North Wales. Jensen-Healey, Lotus Elite also massively disappointed, so best years of small UK sports car specialists was definitely the 60s. Corgi Mini Marcos GT850. Just a short hike up the M1 from Wooly Bush. A full four seater as opposed to a 2+2, they’re said to be fast, capable handlers with a large, comfy cabin and a decent amount of luggage space. I presume they used Tonfanau for testing, it being only a few miles away from the factory. Personally, I would love to experience driving anything from such accomplished designers. North Wales? they took the fiberglass body design to the limit with that feature. I cannot perceive an angle where it is not ungainly. The manufacture of these amazing wooden cars was transferred from North wales to Luton. Numbers don’t lie, most people don’t see what your talking about. Kenilworth? Free shipping. All the details can be found on http://www.historicmarcosregister.com. Since you are apparently a Marcos “expert” and know obscure details like things about where Frank Costin lived and died, how about you enlighten us all with a brief, say a 400 word, history of the company. 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