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1970 MARCOS VOLVO 3 LITRE - Ray Green

I have owned this car since April 1991 having bought it from Richard Atkinson, who at the time, also owned the Marcos V6 currently owned by Phil Foulkes. I had been a long time admirer of Marcos cars and had seen Richard's and the black car, now owned by Brian Jones, racing at Pukekohe and Whenuapai air base, at meetings organised by TACCOC, then the premier organising club for classic cars in the Auckland area.

A friendly ASB bank manager arranged a cash loan and I bought the car without even having sat in it!


I believe the car was imported to NZ from the UK back in about 1983, but that early NZ history is a bit sketchy, but fortunately, I was able to get a copy of the original build sheet, dated September 1970, that car having been assembled by Hexagon of Highgate (London), and finished in Tangerine, with black upholstery.  someone kindly sent me a photograph of the car with its UK plates, EML128J.

Marcos Volvo 3L


The car was bought by Richard Atkinson and sprayed a daffodil yellow and at that stage, was 100% standard.  Richard also sprayed his Marcos V6, acquired later, in the same shade of yellow... 

Richard raced the car alongside good friend Dave Walker, who then owned the other Marcos Volvo 3L in NZ. At the time, one of Dave 's daughters was best buddy with my step daughter and they lived effectively just around the corner.  Coincidentally, both Richard and Dave also owned Reliant Scimitars and MGs.  in fact, there seems to be a strong link between link between Scimitar owners, as the owner of the V4 I still haven't seen, was also a Scimitar owner.     

Marcos Volvo 3L

Although I raced it not long after purchase, having fitted a new set of matched tyres, it obviously needed work and after a near WoF/MoT failure due to cracks in the rear chassis, the decision was taken to totally restore it. Although the engine ran well, there was evidence of neglect, particularly when the sump contents were more akin to treacle than oil.  At that time, the odometer showed about 143,000 miles.

The new tyres (Firestone F100's, on the original 13" Cosmic rims) proved to be useless, particularly in the wet.

I had already made up my mind that the car would be silver - my preferred colour, but a bit of experimentation with spray cans preceded the strip down.

To be continued.

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