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$22,5001974 Mini Marcos

This 1974 Mini Marcos is a Mk4 model and is fitted with a high-performance 1275cc engine from Seven Enterprises, twin SU carbs, a 4-speed manual rod-shift transmission, Cooper S (7.5″) disc brakes, 10″x6″ Minilight-style (8 spoke) alloys with Yokohamo A008 tires, a front-mounted aluminum radiator and a full complement of gauges, and a rollbar/cage. It is said to be mechanically sound and well-sorted. Included in the sale is very extensive documentation of the restoration, including a large binder with photos, receipts and additional information on the marque, as well as Mini Marcos club newsletters.

Fewer than 5,000 miles have been logged since the full restoration/rebuild.

The steering is left-hand-drive (LHD).

You might say that the Mini Marcos fiberglass-bodied cars “share DNA” with the Mini Marcos race car that ran in the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, the same race that pitted the Ford GT40 against  Ferrari. The Cooper S-engine-powered Marcos reportedly finished in 15th place overall – and was said to be the only British car that finished the race.

An extra pair of racing-style bucket seats are included in the sale.

 

Restoration:

The Marcos had been fully restored prior to the current  owner’s acquisition, but the current owner has taken it to the next level and documented his work in an extensive online build diary/blog that includes numerous photos. (A direct link is provided in the “Notes & FYI” section below.)

 

Exterior Features:

  • Porsche Blue paint
  • Wide silver center stripes (vinyl wrap)
  • Minilight-style (8-spoke) “Minator” alloy 10”x5” alloy wheels
  • Yokohama A008 tires
  • Plexiglass door windows and rear hatch
  • External door hinges

 

Cabin Interior:

The interior features a full roll cage welded to fabricated steel rear shock towers and bolted to front subframe.

  • Wood steering wheel with Marcos badge and wood shift knob
  • 12v auxiliary power outlet (3 socket)
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Dash contains full complement of gauges, including tachometer, oil-pressure, water-temperature and clock
  • Two auxilarly fans for cabin cooling
  • Dash-mounted map light
  • Dynamat sound-proofing throughout

 

Engine and Transmission:

1275cc A+ “high performance” engine and rod-change 4-speed manual transmission (built in 2014 by Seven Enterprises; invoice ran $7,410.09)

  • 11-stud cylinder head
  • Twin HS-2 SU carbs
  • Gear-drive starter
  • New ball joints and front hubs
  • LCB (long center branch) header
  • Single-box exhaust system
  • Custom aluminum front-mount radiator
  • Electric cooling fan

 

Brakes and Suspension:

  • 7.5” Cooper-S style front disk brakes
  • New front hubs and ball joints
  • Hi-Lo adjustable suspension
  • Rubber cones
  • Adjustable front tie rods
  • Adjustable rear toe-in brackets

 

Recent Interior Upgrades:

  • Installed custom interior including:
  • Fully carpeted front and rear in grey carpet molded around the existing roll cage
  • New headliner (grey felt)
  • Side and panels recovered in black vinyl
  • New grey vinyl side covering in cargo area
  • Fabricated a new rigid rear cover panel (covered in grey vinyl
  • Trimmed rear hatch in black vinyl
  • Installed new classic bucket seats in black cloth (reclining/sliding models)
  • Fabricated new seat mounts
  • Installed new black lap seat belts (removed racing belts)
  • Fabricated new rigid glove box liner (in grey carpet to match floor)
  • Added locking door handles

 

Recent Interior Electrical:

  • Replaced steering-column switch set
  • Added 12V auxiliary power outlets (3 port) under dash
  • Added under-dash fan set (plug-in)
  • Added “high mount” LED third brake light

 

Recent Cooling System Improvements:

  • Fabricated metal fan shroud for electric radiator fan
  • 160-degree thermostat for 100-plus-degree Texas summer driving
  • Drilled additional venting holes in front valance to increase air flow to radiator

 

Recent Suspension Adjustments:

  • Raised ride height and reset front end alignment (+3-degrees caster, -0.5-degrees camber, 1/8” total toe-out)
  • Modified roll cage anchors to front subframe (to eliminate rubbing issues on full-lock turns)

 

Recent Maintenance:

  • New battery
  • New rear brake shoes
  • Tune-up and new spark plugs
  • Cooling system service
  • Brake system bled
  • Oil and filter change
  • Compression test (cold): #1 190lbs, #2 210lbs, #3 205lbs, #4 205lbs

 

Notes & FYI:

  • Owner’s diary/blog for work done:
  • Link to RestorationMini site:  http://bit.ly/2UfKzr9_Marcos
  • Oil-temperature gauge is not working; sensor is not connected.
  • The full body restoration included reinforcements made to the major stress points
  • There are some small cracks in gelcoat on right fender, roof, rear hatch (see closeups)
  • Previous owner made several 600-mile trips to Mini Meets and shows

 

Background and Additional Resources:

  • This 1974-model “Mk4” Marcos was produced by D&H Fibreglass Techniques Ltd. and carries chassis # DH8102.

More info about the Marcos that ran at Le Mans:

Link:  http://maximummini.blogspot.com/2020/06/today-54-years-ago-mini-marcos-at-le.html

 

Spotter’s Guide and Specs:

The Mark IV model (1974-’81) has an overall length and wheelbase that are longer than previous models and is a little taller. The floor plan is now built on the “long wheelbase” model Minis, which includes the Estate wagon, panel vans and pickups. The ‘B’ pillar is wider and it has a thicker rear end, with the bumper section under rear panel. There are no louvers. Previously, the opening rear hatch was an option, but is now standard. Two manufacturers produced the Marcos. Body #’s 8000-8099 were made by Marcos Limited; #s DH8100-8429 were made by D & H Fibreglass Techniques Ltd, Oldham.

 

Dimensions:

  • Overall length: 139.5″
  • Wheelbase: 83″
  • Overall height: 44″

 

Driving Video #1: (00:37)

Video #2 (00:49)

Video #3 (00:35)

Driving Video #4 (00:26)

 

[[ MORE VIDEOS to be added shortly; links available on request ]]

 

Located in San Antonio, Texas 78232

Texas title and current registration

 

[ ID#  BLUE1974MARCOS ]  Asking: $22.5k

 

Independent mechanical evaluations may also be arranged, as well as nationwide door-to-door transport. Escrow Services for payment, title-document-transfers, and transport coordination (to help provide more-secure transactions) are also available, contact us for details.

 

FINE PRINT: MiniGuy / Lewis Motors makes no representations as to the accuracy of any seller’s listings on our “Consignment – For Sale by Owner” pages, including but not limited to, physical or mechanical condition of vehicle, status of title or registration, any applicable emissions-equipment, emissions-testing or emissions-certification requirements, as well as relevant safety equipment or safety-related requirements, import status, or fitness for use. Please note that emissions or safety requirements may differ by state, region, or country. Potential buyers should consult their appropriate state or local agencies or departments to determine, among other things, the status of a particular vehicle related to the above, including vehicles that might normally be exempt from emissions testing, emissions equipment, or emissions certification requirements. For California buyers or sellers, more information may be obtained from various state and local agencies, including, but not limited to, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Bureau of Automotive Repairs (BAR) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.

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