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 based on the new Rover 75 chassis. The first car was completed in mid 1950 and the cars were based on a standard chassis purchased from Rover which was then shortened and modified to reposition the engine. The steering and suspension were changed in detail and a remote control gearchange fitted. The freewheel was replaced by an overdrive. The body was built by Richard Mead and showed many P4 influences in its detail design. The cars were not a commercial success being too expensive and lacking in performance. In 1952 the last of fifteen cars was produced and the Company (by now the Marauder Car Company Ltd.) was wound up.

Twelve of the cars are believed to survive, one of which is the only fixed head coupe built, the remainder being two seat tourers. One of the cars was restored by George Mackie in 1983.

Both George Mackie and Peter Wilks returned to prominent positions in the engineering organisation at Rover

The Marauder

One of the surviving Marauders at the Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon

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