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Series: 100, A

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About Marauder

Marauder Cars was a British car company founded by Rover engineers George Mackie and Peter Wilks. Peter Wilks and George Mackie left the Rover Company in 1950 to form Wilks, Mackie and Company to exploit their idea of a two seater sports car (the Marauder) based on the new Rover 75 chassis. Manufacturing started in Dorridge, West Midlands and later in Kenilworth, Warwickshire between 1950 and 1952. The two decided to change the name from Wilks, Mackie and Company to the Marauder Car Company in 1951.

The design was largely the work of Peter Wilks and "Spen" King who, like Wilks, was a nephew of brothers Spencer and Maurice Wilks who ran the Rover car company and was later famous for his involvement in many Rover and Leyland Group designs. The car named the A, later joined by the 100, was based on the Rover P4 75 with the chassis shortened by 9 inches from 111 inches to 102 inches, the track remaining the same at 52 inches. The suspension was stiffened retaining the coil sprung independent front suspension and elliptical sprung live rear axle. The engine was moved back to allow for the fitting of 2/3 seater open coachwork with the Rover gearbox retained with optional overdrive instead of the Rover free wheel mechanism. The gearchange moved from column to floor. One fixed head coupé was also made. The first few bodies were made by Richard Mead in his Dorridge works and used some Rover panels but later ones were made by Abbey Panels of Coventry. The 6 cylinder, inlet over exhaust valve, 2103 cc Rover engine was slightly modified with higher compression ratio to raise the output by 5 bhp to 80 bhp whilst the 100 version was bored out to 2392 cc and fitted with triple SU carburettors to give 105 bhp. The A was capable of 90 mph (145 km/h) and the 100 100 mph (161 km/h)

About 15 cars were made including 2 of the 100s before rising costs and tax changes priced the cars out of the market. In 1950 the car cost £1236 rising to over £2000 in 1952. Both George Mackie and Peter Wilks rejoined Rover.

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2-door
3-seat
S6 12v 2.4L OISE    
78.3 kW / 105.0 hp / 105.0 hp        
   

Marauder 100 (1951)

2-door 3-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OISE (overhead inlet, side exhaust valve), 2369 cm3 / 144.6 cu in / 144.6 cu in, 78.3 kW / 105.0 hp / 105.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
3-seat
S6 12v 2.1L OISE    
59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp  149.0 N·m / 109.9 lb·ft / 109.9 lb·ft
   

Marauder A (1950)

2-door 3-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OISE (overhead inlet, side exhaust valve), 2103 cm3 / 128.3 cu in / 128.3 cu in, 59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 149.0 N·m / 109.9 lb·ft / 109.9 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, rear wheel drive, 142 km/h / 88 mph / 88 mph top speed

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