Mini-Marcos GT 850

 

The Mini Marcos was produced in limited numbers between 1965 and 1970 by Marcos, from 1974 to 1981 by D & H Fibreglass Techniques Limited and again between 1991 and 1996 by Marcos. It was sold as a kit car utilizing a fibreglass/GRP Monocoque with running gear & subframes from a Mini. The car was, and probably still is, raced extensively, peaking with appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and 1967

Here though we have the Corgi modellers at their peak, they have taken a car which was in real life a pug and created an elegant model. It's got some nice novel features too like take-off wheels on the first release, faired in headlamps and a very nicely detailed interior & engine. Those stripes below the doors too - they were must-have for souped up Cortinas and Anglias in '68. I like this one very much.

341 Take-Off Wheels

Check out how many models in the Museum from the late sixties and early seventies are in this dark metallic maroon and how all of them have similarly chipped paint. This is another one I owned as a kid, however shortly after getting it I lost a wheel, and that was that, no fun any more. Actually I think that is what saved it. It is one of the rare survivors, not playworn to death, not smashed up and most importantly not repainted. It was that lost wheel and it's being sidelined that saved it. The No.341 Mini Marcos was produced from 1968 to 1970 in metallic maroon with no listed variations.

305 WhizzWheels

The car was converted to Whizzwheels & renumbered in 1972 and remained in the range for just one more year. It is usually white with red, white and blue racing stickers and RN7. A version without the stickers is listed as is a mid blue version from a Gift Set. The Gift Set version is the one to look for. They are actually quite hard to find in either finish.

   
Corgi Toys 341; Mini-Marcos GT 850; Metallic Red Corgi Toys 305; Mini-Marcos GT 850 WhizzWheels; White, Red White & Blue Stripes; RN7
Corgi Toys 341; Mini-Marcos GT 850; Metallic Red Corgi Toys 305; Mini-Marcos GT 850 WhizzWheels; White, Red White & Blue Stripes; RN7

 


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