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Thread: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

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    Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    On Car & Classic now, an unusual car that maybe based on a Sportster?

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1217705

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    "This car is a one-off and was bought from the original designer/builder who had a close connection to Marlin. In the mid-late ‘90s Marlin were looking to produce a new model based around a BMW. This vehicle was conceived as a contender for that role. Sadly before the car was completed it became apparent that Marlin were going to favour a different design. Consequently, interest in the project was lost and the vendor acquired it in 1999 as an unfinished rolling chassis including the donor BMW320 engine.
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    £2,900 AUCTION ESTIMATE
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    - 9th Custodian of JRR 929D, the Triumph Vitesse based special Paul Moorehouse built prior to the Triumph based Roadster kits.
    - 8th owner of Roadster chassis number 2395. Kit manufactured 1983, first registered in 1987. Now owned by Barry!
    - Builder of chassis number 2325 (PKK 989M) in the mid 80's. Now owned by Eric & Lynne in the NE of England.

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Wow, is that ever a unique and fantastic looking car.

    Good luck to whoever buys it

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Agreed DC, quite fancy it myself, unfortunately it doesn't seem to show how you can link to the appropriate auction......
    2000 Marlin Cabrio; 2.0 L Burton Pinto in Ford Nightfire Red with Magnolia leather interior.

    http://www.marlinownersclub.com/wppg...&image_id=2349

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Thanks Jon,

    Much appreciated. Looks even better in the auction pictures.
    2000 Marlin Cabrio; 2.0 L Burton Pinto in Ford Nightfire Red with Magnolia leather interior.

    http://www.marlinownersclub.com/wppg...&image_id=2349

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    I wonder if this is the 'prototype' for the Sportster . Story was that Marlin wasn't happy with the frontal aspect and came up with what we see now.
    The original designer [something to do with yachts?] then took Marlin to court I believe as he claimed the design was his.
    Anyone able to verify this tale?


    Is the auction actually going to take place under the circumstances? It's very tempting!!!!!

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    "Is the auction actually going to take place under the circumstances? It's very tempting!!!!! "

    Oh no, a MOC bidding war .....
    2000 Marlin Cabrio; 2.0 L Burton Pinto in Ford Nightfire Red with Magnolia leather interior.

    http://www.marlinownersclub.com/wppg...&image_id=2349

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Their web site says they are closed for 3 weeks.
    Ben Caswell probably not the last word on anything here!!

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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Does this look familiar ?

    Kit Cars International May 1996
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    Re: Marlin bmw 320 kit car 1998 - to be auctioned for sale by auction

    Yes Alan you are correct. I travelled to Poole back in the day to look at this car in an unfinished condition. The builder/ designer John ( I cant find paper work with his surname just yet) but builder of ocean going yachts, wanted to sell after his split with Marlin. I talked with him at his home and also at Exeter show. Well done D.C. above. The above and the description on the Auction tells a story.

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