Marcos TSO - did anyone actually buy one?

Marcos TSO - did anyone actually buy one?

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NDT

1,699 posts

232 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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Max_Torque said:
I worked at Prodrive during the time Marcos was in the unit next door, and tbh, some of the er, "bodging" that went on, wasn't exactly becoming for a £50k car....... ;-(
I second that.

DJC

23,563 posts

205 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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I never told the story before, but given that both companies have now gone by the by I suppose I can.

The Sagaris EVO used for their Sagaris v Marcos GT2 feature was mine and the wife and I spent the 2 days with them in Northern France. The article took a few liberties at the time, "couple of days and hundreds of miles behind the wheel" because most of the time was actually spent doing photo set-ups. the 2 cars being driven mostly by myself and Ben from Marcos, the EVO boys having few miles in them. On the 2nd day, that was going to be the mostly driving day the Marcos blew its radiator about 10 miles out from the hotel and spent the day in the car park of the Calais retail place. The Sag performanced faultlessly.

EVO never mentioned the radiator problem with the Marcos at all which I thought was generous of them and I never mentioned it either as I thought it just wasnt cricket to do so. I have often wondered though had it been the other way round whether such discretion would have been afforded the TVR...

RJDM3

1,441 posts

174 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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Great car when it was working. But filled with problems. To cramped interior and just made wrong, electric windows that dont work, targa that rattles its nuts off, not enough seat adjustment (i am 5ft 7) and could not reach the accelerator.I know other owners had nothing but problems. Added to the fact they made a loss on every sale (before getting into extra cost on warrantee), was never going to be a winner. But would have been a great car.

joust

14,622 posts

228 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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RJDM3 said:
Great car when it was working. But filled with problems. To cramped interior and just made wrong, electric windows that dont work, targa that rattles its nuts off, not enough seat adjustment (i am 5ft 7) and could not reach the accelerator.I know other owners had nothing but problems. Added to the fact they made a loss on every sale (before getting into extra cost on warrantee), was never going to be a winner. But would have been a great car.
What you talking about?

TS500 had a fixed seat with moveable pedals, so you can't be talking about that?

J

CatherineJ

9,586 posts

212 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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What a conincidence I should see this thread. Last week I was driving into Trowbridge and I passed a bright orange TSO heading towards I assume the Marcos Heritage people on the outskirts who are based outside of Town. It was wearing the number plate MARCOS and I didn't at the time realise just how rare they were.

Boosted LS1

20,188 posts

229 months

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
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It was always smoke and mirrors. They hardly made anything and at least one car was revamped. Half a dozen cars maybe? They also hadn't got a clue about how engines actually worked when I was involved with them and were completly stumped with simple things like hall sensors and VSS. Bit of a shame really as I'd hoped that they'd do well.

If they'd got one car out on the road being tested or driven by a top driver they'd have raked in sales but TS had this big thing about Australia. Being resident in California I can maybe understand that but Europe would have been his market. The US was a dead duck unless he sold a box of parts. He's probably still got the build writes should somebody want to make him an offer.

Jp ultima

129 posts

130 months

Sunday 7th November 2010
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About 3 months ago i first heard of marcos (bear with me, i'm not old enough to drive yet) this was because i was sitting in the back of my mum's ford focus when one overtook us and immediately broke down. i have no idea what model it was, but it had an weird triangular back end (which wasn't helped by the black smoke pouring out of it). if it helps, i was in st. albans at the time and it had one of those green-purple chameleon paint jobs. can any of you own up to owning this car?

Noccer

198 posts

144 months

Monday 8th November 2010
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There's a nice blue TSO local to me. Lady owner, she spotted my Marcos and came and chatted to me at Oulton Park Gold Cup day. There aren't many Marcoses around of any type, so owners tend to stop and chat when they spot one.

I think there were 7 TSOs made and maybe a couple part finished in the administrators sale. I have seen a silver grey one came for a Marcos club track day at Curborough and was very handsome, and then David Gerald sportcars had a red one with a grey interior for sale for quite a while. So it was a car that only just about made it into production and then the company died. Maybe that is the last we will hear of Marcos - though it certainly came back from the dead several time in the past.

Edited by Noccer on Tuesday 9th November 21:43

marcosgtman

3 posts

121 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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there was a orange rust coloured....metallic if i remember correctly in jersey....it look amazing on the forecourt...i was test driving a lotus elise there...took the elise for the test drive only to have the head gasket go on me....i said there was a problem with car before i took it out...amazed i got it back ..garage asked if i was still interested.....mmmm....anyhow....i got told that the rep wrote the marcos tso off on a test drive...which is probably why i havnt scene the car since...

marcosgtman

3 posts

121 months

Sunday 28th August 2011
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there was a orange rust coloured....metallic if i remember correctly in jersey....it look amazing on the forecourt...i was test driving a lotus elise there...took the elise for the test drive only to have the head gasket go on me....i said there was a problem with car before i took it out...amazed i got it back ..garage asked if i was still interested.....mmmm....anyhow....i got told that the rep wrote the marcos tso off on a test drive...which is probably why i havnt scene the car since...

SP AUTOMOTIVE

387 posts

177 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Max_Torque said:
I worked at Prodrive during the time Marcos was in the unit next door, and tbh, some of the er, "bodging" that went on, wasn't exactly becoming for a £50k car....... ;-(
and your unemployed at the mo?

SP AUTOMOTIVE

387 posts

177 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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DJC said:
I never told the story before, but given that both companies have now gone by the by I suppose I can.

The Sagaris EVO used for their Sagaris v Marcos GT2 feature was mine and the wife and I spent the 2 days with them in Northern France. The article took a few liberties at the time, "couple of days and hundreds of miles behind the wheel" because most of the time was actually spent doing photo set-ups. the 2 cars being driven mostly by myself and Ben from Marcos, the EVO boys having few miles in them. On the 2nd day, that was going to be the mostly driving day the Marcos blew its radiator about 10 miles out from the hotel and spent the day in the car park of the Calais retail place. The Sag performanced faultlessly.

EVO never mentioned the radiator problem with the Marcos at all which I thought was generous of them and I never mentioned it either as I thought it just wasnt cricket to do so. I have often wondered though had it been the other way round whether such discretion would have been afforded the TVR...
yes but that car was the development car, the production cars were, completely different!

We look after 3 TSO's here and are all pretty reliable cars, bar a couple of tiny issues, not a lott between them in terms of quality and build and we work on both

xcelr8

12 posts

130 months

Friday 18th November 2011
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The TSO that was on top gear was on the Marcos Owners Club stand at this years NEC Classic Car Show VERY NICE...........

urquattroGus

1,528 posts

159 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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How much do these go for secondhand now?

A job to know I suppose.

I have an itch to buy one or sometimes the similarly obscure Venturi Atlantique!

Gompo

4,080 posts

227 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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I'd love to know more, I was quite excited about the TSO while it was being developed and previewed. Like many here I like to pay attention to a 'new British sportscar'. More input and experiences on this thread would be great. I wonder if a new thread focusing on various rare (and mostly defunct) UK cars from the last 25 years or so would work. I'm sure I am not the only one curious. Sadly people with the experience of driving or even owning them might be harder to come by!

Du1point8

21,319 posts

161 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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if you can find then £20k or around there is the norm

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C525198

I prefer the beast

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C491073

but alas no parking means its off limits for me.

urquattroGus

1,528 posts

159 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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Du1point8 said:
if you can find then £20k or around there is the norm

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C525198

I prefer the beast

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C491073

but alas no parking means its off limits for me.
Don't like the one at the top at all, looks horrid.

Do like the beast, but fear it would be disappointing to drive....

One of the things that appeals to me with the TSO is the Chevy LS engine which is a great robust and tunable unit, added to the good looks.


GTRene

12,400 posts

193 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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I did like the Marcos TSO GTC in the days, sadly they did not make many







http://www.caradisiac.com/photos-article/Photos-du...

here also a video also with factory inside etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz0LM32hnYY

Edited by GTRene on Saturday 24th January 20:52

Podie

46,382 posts

244 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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It appeared to have a lot of promise.

I did find it quite cramped inside though

GTRene

12,400 posts

193 months

Saturday 24th January 2015
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the Stig in the car...brake balance and under-steer, otherwise it would/could be faster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fGLjrnrNHI