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History of the Mini Marcos Family

3. The Mini Marcos

3.3 Details

Body number ranges given below are based on cars known to the club.

Mark I (1965-66) - look for notched wheel arches, fixed perspex door windows with sliding ventilators for racing, otherwise aluminium frames with pull-up windows, non-recessed fuel filler and very narrow number plate panel under the nose. High open-bottom tunnel; fixed rear window; fake louvres behind rear side windows. Made by Marcos Cars Components Limited, Greenland Mills, Bradford-on-Avon. Body numbers 6001-6143 (Mk. 1).

Dimensions:
overall length - 136.5" 3.47m
wheelbase - 80" 2.03m
overall height - 44" 1.12m
ground clearance - 5" 127mm
overall width - 56.5" 1.44m

See side elevation and plan drawings and photos.

Mk. 1 features

Mark II - There is some doubt as to which model this refers as mark numbers were not used in sales material until Mark IV. We believe that Mark II and Mark III both refer to the 7000 series and Mark III has an opening rear hatch. As we don't have complete information on which cars have opening rear hatches we have classified all the 7000 series cars as Mark III.

Mark III (1967-70) - wheel arches now semi-circular; deeper front panel takes whole of number plate; recessed fuel filler; opening rear hatch was optional on later cars. Body numbers 7000-7626 made by Marcos Cars, MIxx (about 40 cars) made by Marcos Ireland Limited, Dublin and RMC001-054 by Brian Raubenheimer of Pietermaritzburg for South Africa.

Mark IV (1974-81) - longer and higher than predecessors; longer wheelbase; wider 'B' pillar; thicker rear end with bumper section under rear panel; no louvres; new floor pan based on Mini Traveller; rear hatch as standard. Body numbers 8000-8099 made by Marcos Limited, DH8100-8429 * made by D & H Fibreglass Techniques Limited, Oldham (see contemporary press report).

* 8429 is the latest Mk.IV we know about. Later cars may turn up.

Mini Marcos Mk.V

Mark V (1991-1996) - wider wheel arches take 12" wheels or 13" with low profile tyres; front spoiler; rubber mounted front subframe; push-button type door handles and locks; wind-up door windows. Made by Marcos Sales Limited, Westbury. Body numbers 9000-9064.

See sales brochure and Tony Carlsson's cut-away line drawing of his Mini Marcos Mk.V.

Mark VI (2005-) - as Mk. V or as GT version with detachable racing front end and one-piece Perspex door windows; initially badged as "Marcos Heritage MK VI". Chassis numbers allocated from MHER MMAR yy 0600001 upwards where yy is the year of build (e.g. 05).


1. General Description

2. The DART

3. The Mini Marcos

3.2 Brian Moulton Notes

4. The Mini Jem

5. The Kingfisher Sprint


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