This Marcos Mantula was one of the few competition lightweight versions offered by the factory and was aimed at the hillclimb/sprint driver. Originally factory built in 1985 and sold to renowned UK Rover engine builder John Eales who used it for his engine development and as a sprint car until sold in 1996. The competition version differed from the standard Mantula in that the bodywork is much thinner than standard saving on weight, supplied with only a very basic interior and a FIA rollcage included. All the suspension components including front tubular suspension, panhard rod, rear anti-toll bar and trailing arms are rose jointed, rare Koni 8212 dampers with "special D" markings, extra chassis bracing, heated front screen, front/rear brake balance bar, 4 pot Girling AR5 calipers, Revolution split rim wheels, ZF Ford Motorsport LSD rear axle, 4 point belt harness, electric cut off switch, alloy fuel tank, perspex rear and side windows (now replaced) and without the usual luxuries such as radio/heater and visually distintive by only one windscreen wiper to keep the weight down as much as possible. In 1996 the car was converted for road use, registered with the DVLA and given an age related number plate B652 LRA. In March 2008 i purchased the car already dismantled and in need of chassis work to the outer riggers suffering rust. Over the past 5 years the car has been completely rebuilt with a body off restoration and finished in Palladium Silver which is a Mercedes colour. The engine is a V8Developments 5.0v8 cross bolted block with stage 3 heads and a Stealth cam, fitted with a Edelbrock carb and Megajolt ignition system. Even today with a full interior and a radio (which can't be heard as it's too noisy !) the weight is still only 820kgs.
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, Marcos|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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|Advert placed on||January 13, 2016 11:13 am|