$28,000 – San Antonio, TX:

“This 1974 Mini Marcos is a factory-built, fiberglass-bodied Mini that is based on the classic Austin Mini Cooper and uses the same engine and subframes. It is a Marcos Mk4 model and is fitted with a high-performance 1275cc engine from Seven Enterprises, twin SU carbs, a 4-speed manual rod-shift transmission, Cooper S (7.5″) disc brakes, 10″x6″ Minilight-style (8 spoke) alloys with Yokohamo A008 tires, a front-mounted aluminum radiator and a full complement of gauges, and a rollbar/cage. It is said to be mechanically sound and well-sorted. Included in the sale is very extensive documentation of the restoration, including a large binder with photos, receipts and additional information on the marque, as well as Mini Marcos club newsletters.

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Fewer than 5,000 miles have been logged since the full restoration/rebuild.

The steering is left-hand-drive (LHD).

You might say that the Mini Marcos fiberglass-bodied cars “share DNA” with the Mini Marcos race car that ran in the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, the same race that pitted the Ford GT40 against Ferrari. The Cooper S-engine-powered Marcos reportedly finished in 15th place overall – and was said to be the only British car that finished the race.

An extra pair of racing-style bucket seats are included in the sale.


The Marcos had been fully restored prior to the current owner’s acquisition, but the current owner has taken it to the next level and documented his work in an extensive online build diary/blog that includes numerous photos. (A direct link is provided in the “Notes & FYI” section below.)

Exterior Features:

Porsche Blue paint
Wide silver center stripes (vinyl wrap)
Minilight-style (8-spoke) “Minator” alloy 10”x5” alloy wheels
Yokohama A008 tires
Plexiglass door windows and rear hatch
External door hinges

Cabin Interior:

The interior features a full roll cage welded to fabricated steel rear shock towers and bolted to front subframe.

Wood steering wheel with Marcos badge and wood shift knob
12v auxiliary power outlet (3 socket)
Fire extinguisher.
Dash contains full complement of gauges, including tachometer, oil-pressure, water-temperature and clock
Two auxilarly fans for cabin cooling
Dash-mounted map light
Dynamat sound-proofing throughout

Engine and Transmission:

1275cc A+ “high performance” engine and rod-change 4-speed manual transmission (built in 2014 by Seven Enterprises; invoice ran $7,410.09)

11-stud cylinder head
Twin HS-2 SU carbs
Gear-drive starter
New ball joints and front hubs
LCB (long center branch) header
Single-box exhaust system
Custom aluminum front-mount radiator
Electric cooling fan

Brakes and Suspension:

7.5” Cooper-S style front disk brakes
New front hubs and ball joints
Hi-Lo adjustable suspension
Rubber cones
Adjustable front tie rods
Adjustable rear toe-in brackets

Recent Interior Upgrades:

Installed custom interior including:
Fully carpeted front and rear in grey carpet molded around the existing roll cage
New headliner (grey felt)
Side and panels recovered in black vinyl
New grey vinyl side covering in cargo area
Fabricated a new rigid rear cover panel (covered in grey vinyl
Trimmed rear hatch in black vinyl
Installed new classic bucket seats in black cloth (reclining/sliding models)
Fabricated new seat mounts
Installed new black lap seat belts (removed racing belts)
Fabricated new rigid glove box liner (in grey carpet to match floor)
Added locking door handles

Recent Interior Electrical:

Replaced steering-column switch set
Added 12V auxiliary power outlets (3 port) under dash
Added under-dash fan set (plug-in)
Added “high mount” LED third brake light

Recent Cooling System Improvements:

Fabricated metal fan shroud for electric radiator fan
160-degree thermostat for 100-plus-degree Texas summer driving
Drilled additional venting holes in front valance to increase air flow to radiator

Recent Suspension Adjustments:

Raised ride height and reset front end alignment (+3-degrees caster, -0.5-degrees camber, 1/8” total toe-out)
Modified roll cage anchors to front subframe (to eliminate rubbing issues on full-lock turns)

Recent Maintenance:

New battery
New rear brake shoes
Tune-up and new spark plugs
Cooling system service
Brake system bled
Oil and filter change
Compression test (cold): #1 190lbs, #2 210lbs, #3 205lbs, #4 205lbs

Notes & FYI:

Owner’s diary/blog for work done:
Link to RestorationMini site: [ link on request ]
Oil-temperature gauge is not working; sensor is not connected.
The full body restoration included reinforcements made to the major stress points
There are some small cracks in gelcoat on right fender, roof, rear hatch (see closeups)
Previous owner made several 600-mile trips to Mini Meets and shows

Background and Additional Resources:

This 1974-model “Mk4” Marcos was produced by D&H Fibreglass Techniques Ltd. and carries chassis # DH8102.

Mini Marcos Club website: (and more background info on Mk1-Mk4 models)
Link: [ link on request ]
Marcos raced at 1966 Le Mans:
Link: [ link on request ]
Additional Le Mans photos:
Link: [ link on request ]
Extensive information on the Marcos and other Mini-based variants may be found here:
Jeroen Booij’s “Maximum Mini” books or on his website/blog at:
Link: [ link on request ]

Spotter’s Guide and Specs:

The Mark IV model (1974-’81) has an overall length and wheelbase that are longer than previous models and is a little taller. The floor plan is now built on the “long wheelbase” model Minis, which includes the Estate wagon, panel vans and pickups. The ‘B’ pillar is wider and it has a thicker rear end, with the bumper section under rear panel. There are no louvers. Previously, the opening rear hatch was an option, but is now standard. Two manufacturers produced the Marcos. Body #’s 8000-8099 were made by Marcos Limited; #s DH8100-8429 were made by D & H Fibreglass Techniques Ltd, Oldham.


Overall length: 139.5″
Wheelbase: 83″
Overall height: 44″

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Located in San Antonio, Texas 78232

Texas title and current registration

[ ID# BLUE1974MARCOS ] Asking: $28k

1974 Mini Marcos
VIN: DH8102
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
paint color: blue
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe “

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