Prior to building the Dennis Adams-styled GT cars that made its name, Marcos offered the Xylon. It had styling that could best be described as ‘quirky’, earning it the nickname ‘ugly duckling’. One of them was pedalled by Sir Jackie Stewart – and the very car in which he cut his motor racing teeth is going for auction at the Silverstone Classic later this month.
The story goes that, in 1960, Scottish racing driver Barry Filer was having his cars prepared by the Stewart family. He invited Jackie to test with him at Oulton Park, and subsequently bought the Marcos for Jackie to race in the 1961 season. It went well: he won four sports car races, and promptly moved into professional motorsport racing Jaguars in 1962. The car continued to be raced by Marcos co-founder Jem Marsh.
The vendor came into possession of the Xylon following his purchase of the remains of Marcos Sportscars in the 1990s. It has now been in storage for many years. Its history makes it more than deserving of restoration, and a return to motorsport. This intriguing piece of British automotive history has an estimate of £35,000 to £50,000.
Only nine Xylons were built, this one easily being the most famous. It has rarity and provenance, if not looks, on its side…