Shortly after this issue came to my attention I brought it to Marlin Sportscars attention. Following that I had a constructive discussion with Terry Matthews of Marlin and she has sent me the following letter to publish here and in the magazine at a later date, bearing in mind that not all club members regularly use the forum.


"18th January 2019



Dear MOC, Marlin owners & Marlin Enthusiasts


It has been brought to our attention that a very small amount of Marlin Cabrio and Hunters built using a BMW engine, have over time, developed stress cracks around the antiroll bar to chassis mounting plates.

Marlin Sports Cars wish to stress that this fault is confined to the Ford based cars where the central section of the anti-roll bar was removed to accommodate the BMW engine. We have also been told that some owners have exasperated this problem by fitting a solid tie bar with no rubber bushes.

We currently have a BMW based Marlin Hunter in our workshop and we are working on a solution that we will be more than happy to pass on to any interested owners. In the meantime we would urge anyone who has this design of suspension and has not yet inspected it, to do so.

We would also like to add that this issue does not affect any Marlin Sportster models regardless of which donor has been used as they have an entirely different front suspension design.


Yours Sincerely
Terry Matthews
Director of Marlin Sports Cars