Marcos Cars was founded in nineteen fifty nine by Frank Costin and Jem Marsh. The sports car manufacture was based in the Bedfordshire town of Luton, thirty or so miles north of London. Frank Costin had worked on the British combat aircraft, the de Havilland Mosquito. Working on the versatile Second World War aircraft gave Costin the idea of using the strong engineered wood Plywood for the chassis of the Marcos cars.
Four years after being founded Marcos Cars moved into converted premises within the historic Wiltshire town Bradford-on-Avon which was well known for its strong woolen textile industry in the seventeenth century. The company moved south to the town of Westbury, still in Wiltshire, in nineteen seventy one. This move and various other problems within the business finally lead to the collapse of the business in the early seventies.
Jem Marsh brought back the sports car marque a decade later, in nineteen eighty one, after purchasing the rights to the Marcos brand. The resurrection of the name began with the launch of the kit car, the Marcos V6 Coupe. The business this time lasted until the turn of the millennium. Marcos Cars went bankrupt, to be later saved by Tony Stelliga. The Marcos cars began down the production line once again in two thousand and two.
The road vehicles were now produced in Warwickshire, in the West Midlands of England and north of their previous bases. The racing cars were now manufactured in the Netherlands. In late two thousand seven the company announced it would be going into liquidation.