Wales automotive history timeline: 1959 Marcos is founded in Dolgellay, North Wales, by Jem MARsh and Frank COStin where they build a prototype car.
source 1959 Gilbern Cars Ltd. is founded in Llantwit Fardre, the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, by GILes Smith and BERNard Friese. Here they build the first Gilbern GT.
follow site 1960 The first Marcos GT cars are launched with gullwing doors and a 4-pice windscreen.
1961 The Marcos Gullwing is an adapted GT and sold mostly for motor racing.
1961-1962 The Gilbern GT is sold as a component car, all parts are brand new (kit cars require second hand car parts to complete the build). Component cars avoid purchase tax which in this period varied between 45% and 19%.
1964 Marcos GT 1800 is launched, the chassis Is still made from wood and the body is made from glass-fibre.
1968 Gilbern is taken over by the ACE Group (the Collings family).
1972 The Collings family decide to get rid of Gilbern and sell the company for £1 to Michael Leather.
1974 Gilbern ceases trading.
1976 Jem Marsh buys back the Marcos name.
2002 Following insolvency in 2000, the Marcos name returns with Canadian backer Tony Stelliga as Marcos Engineering Ltd.
2004 Marcos moves manufacturing to Warwickshire and launch the Chevy powered TSO.
2007 Marcos goes into administration.
2007 Marcos Engineering Ltd. Ceases production and goes into voluntary liquidation.
2017 TVR announces a new factory to be built in Ebbw Vale, Wales.
2017 TVR launches the TVR Grifith at the Goodwood Revival.
2017 Aston Martin creates a new manufacturing facility in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.