The Marcos Adams GT was a car produced in two generations between 1963 and 1972.
Generation 1 1963-1969
First unveiled at the 1963 Earls Court Racing Car Show, the Adams GT was a sensation. At 43 inches tall, this was one of the lowest cars ever produced and with its long bonnet and Kamm tail were remarkable for their time. The looks were similar to those of the Jaguar E-Type and Ferrari 250 GTO.
Originally the wooden chassised car was equipped with a Volvo engine from the P1800 and a complex De Dion rear suspension. The car also featured a heavily sculpted dashboard. However, high cost and limited sales of early cars soon saw movement to a Ford powerplant, a simpler dashboard and a live rear axle.
One feature which appeared on this model is adjustable pedals. Rather than only having a seat which moves back and forth on runners, the Marcos had pedals which move in relation to the driver. The position of the pedals is easily adjusted by a wheel on the dashboard. This feature is almost unique, but makes the Marcos a supremely comfortable car in which to travel and allows a laid back driving position.
Early sales of the GT, which had been designed as a road car, were to racers and once again the car proved its worth on the track.
Second Generation 1969 - 1972
In 1969 the second generation of the Adams GT was introduced. The cost of producing the wooden chassis and rising doubt in the public's mind about a wooden chassis, led to the adoption of a steel chassis. Outwardly the car was unchanged and the performance and handling of the car was also unaltered.
At first the steel chassised cars were powered by the Ford V6 Essex engine, but a desire to move into the lucrative US market saw the use of a Volvo straight 6-engine, which already had the necessary anti-pollution equipment available. Some cars also had a 2 litre V4 version of the Essex fitted.
In 1971, production moved to a purpose built factory in Westbury. However, delays in production during this time and a problem with US Customs over the status of Marcosled to financial difficulties, which brought about the downfall of Marcos.
A few GTs were built with Triumph 2.5 litre straight six engine, using up supplies of engine originally intended for the 4 seater Mantis.
The relaunch cars of 1981 were essentially the same cars which were produced in 1969, although they were often sold as kitcars and some had the German Cologne V6 in place of the Essex.
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