Marcos TSO - did anyone actually buy one?

Marcos TSO - did anyone actually buy one?

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B1GRLM

323 posts

184 months

Sunday 25th January 2015
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Very cramped inside, more so than the LM / Mantara / Mantis chased cars.

The Blue GTC will neve be for sale either.

Podie

46,380 posts

244 months

Sunday 25th January 2015
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B1GRLM said:
Very cramped inside, more so than the LM / Mantara / Mantis chased cars.

The Blue GTC will neve be for sale either.
Is it yours?

Wasn't there a grey one and an orange one too?

Boosted LS1

20,181 posts

229 months

Sunday 25th January 2015
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Wasn't there a grey one and an orange one too?
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Yes there were.

Martyn-123

624 posts

154 months

Sunday 25th January 2015
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And there is a new or nearly finished one still not on the road, not mine sadly

GTRene

12,373 posts

193 months

Sunday 25th January 2015
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Martyn-123 said:
And there is a new or nearly finished one still not on the road, not mine sadly
ow? also better specs etc?

B1GRLM

323 posts

184 months

Tuesday 27th January 2015
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No I'm not the owner of the Blue TSO, but I know them well. The silver grey one

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/garyharman/148660196...

Is also unlikely to be up for sale.

There is another one, possibly the Orange in the north of the country, but it's not been seen at Marcos events.




vmhb

37 posts

174 months

Sunday 15th February 2015
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The first car on your list is a TS500 and not a TSO. It has a Rover v8 further developed by PTP which they called a Javelin. I used to own this car and regretted selling it so much I later purchased the only other and I still have it today. If you are in the market for this kind of thing then I would urge you to take a look.

The TSO is completely different and has an LS2. The last one I know of which sold was up for £57500 some time ago. The guy that sold it, Giles Cooper, was the sales director at Marcos at the end. He sold me the silver TS500 and told me the car in the advertisement went to Germany for near the asking price.

http://www.adoos.co.uk/postx/3610863868faf4d8b8baf...

I believe the red car and the orange prototype are now in Germany also, owned by brothers.

There is a blue car in France owned by the same guy who has the LM600 Le Mans Cars.

As far as I know there are only 3 cars in the UK, the Top Gear car owned by a friend, the blue one listed in this thread and mine.

The only other car I know of is a cherry black one last saw wearing California plates.



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.
Edited by vmhb on Sunday 15th February 23:16

mrmaggit

10,146 posts

217 months

Monday 23rd March 2015
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What happened to the black convertible, the "mule'?

vmhb

37 posts

174 months

Saturday 28th March 2015
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mrmaggit said:
What happened to the black convertible, the "mule'?
There are some stories about the convertible but nothing certain.

It seems the car was painted a number of colours, black, green and possibly orange.

Some say the car was written off on a test drive, on a rainy day in a car park.

Others say it is still in a container somewhere.

If anyone knows for sure I would love to know.

Boosted LS1

20,181 posts

229 months

Sunday 29th March 2015
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^ Wasn't it grey initially and then after an accident painted black along with a change of rear lights? It drove like a crab after the accident or looked that way because the body wasn't fitted properly.

vmhb

37 posts

174 months

Monday 30th March 2015
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Boosted LS1 said:
^ Wasn't it grey initially and then after an accident painted black along with a change of rear lights? It drove like a crab after the accident or looked that way because the body wasn't fitted properly.
Boosted LS1 I am curious. Back in 2007 I owned the silver TS500 prototype and in a post regarding the cars which were auctioned off you made this comment

"The silver one was nicknamed the crab because if you followed it down the road you could see the body didn't seem to be on straight. I followed it once and it was really quite strange from behind".

This was somewhat confusing to me as the car was not like that during my ownership. I never did see the TSO convertible in the flesh. Can you please clarify which car you saw with an ill fitting body?

To help here is a link to a page with a picture of the TSO convertible

http://www.netcarshow.com/marcos/2004-tso_converti...

Here is a link to a page talking about the silver TS500, which is still silver and to the best of my knowledge has never been black

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/2730835/Britis...


Boosted LS1

20,181 posts

229 months

Tuesday 31st March 2015
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It wasn't a TS500, it had an LS1 engine in it and I followed it down to an engine dyno place south of the factory. The name eludes me but it'll come back to me shortly. Norris rings a bell? iirc the car was damaged at the prodrive site and then resurrected with the new rear lights.

SP AUTOMOTIVE

387 posts

177 months

Sunday 2nd August 2015
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vmhb said:
Edited by vmhb on Sunday 15th February 23:16
I can confirm there is 1 more😉

vmhb

37 posts

174 months

Sunday 2nd August 2015
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I had heard you were building one sometime ago. Is it finished? Pictures?

jk1rkland

8 posts

96 months

Friday 1st April 2016
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I would really have to buy one of these! Does anyone know if there are any in the UK up for grabs?

AMG Merc

11,942 posts

222 months

Friday 18th November 2016
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The Autocar, I think it was?, editor plus me in Noble and another in a TVR were invited to the factory for the then new TSO comparison...


mrmaggit

10,146 posts

217 months

Tuesday 20th December 2016
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That was me, in the blue Griffith. Rather enjoyed the day.

AMG Merc

11,942 posts

222 months

Tuesday 20th December 2016
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mrmaggit said:
That was me, in the blue Griffith. Rather enjoyed the day.
Cool wavey