1932 Marendaz 13/70 2-Seater Special Tourer

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1932 Marendaz 13/70 2-Seater Special Tourer

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  • One of just a handful of Marendaz models built
  • 6 cylinder, supercharged example
  • Wonderful history file
  • Excellent condition and on the button
  • Perfect for any vintage event or rally
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Donald Marendaz was born in 1897 in Margam in Glamorgan and he was a man who clearly was going to cut his own path in life.  At 16 he served his apprenticeship at the Coventry motor manufacturer Siddeley-Deasy, before joining the Royal Flying Corp in 1916 where he flew in ‘spotting duties’ for the Cavalry in 35 Squadron, eventually being invalided back to England in 1918 and demobilized in 1919.  Donald rejoined Siddeley-Deasy for a short time but soon left to join T.G. John who had just set up his company that would go on to be known as Alvis.  This position did not last long either and after only brief spell he decided to set up his own concern Marseel with fellow ex-Siddeley-Deasy apprentice Mr Sheelhaft, although this became Marseal after 1922 when Mr Sheelhaft left the company.  Some 550 Marseal cars were produced before the doors closed in 1924.

VSCC Burton Rally May 1961

VSCC Burton Rally May 1961

Marendaz, was not put off for long and by 1925 he had formed the company that would bear his name D.M.K.Marendaz, Ltd., in Brixton Road, London with a firm eye on racing and the lucrative sports car market.  Although exact numbers are not known, it is thought that he built around 30 Anzani engined cars here (of which only 1 survives). In 1931 Capt. Marendaz developed his new 6-cylinder model building 5 examples in London before moving the company to Maidenhead.  These new cars used a heavily modified 1869cc American Continental engine to begin with and when the supply of these ran dry he made his own but to a very similar design.  These engines were run as both normally aspirated and supercharged.  The sleek design of the car clearly had a strong influence from Bentley, particularly the radiator, however, due to a strong litigious leaning, few mentioned this in period, nor did they mention the winged badge that was also clearly taken from the Royal Flying Corp!

1935 he would use a Coventry Climax 1991cc 6 cylinder before the company went into liquidation in 1936.  In all 30, 4 cylinder cars are believed to have been built and around 60, 6 cylinder cars.  

VSCC Silverstone, July, 1961

VSCC Silverstone, July, 1961

VSCC Silverstoen, July, 1961

VSCC Silverstoen, July, 1961

The car we have the pleasure of offering here is a 13/70 model built in 1932, a very original car and the earliest surviving example of this model. 

The car was raced and rallied with the VSCC through the 1960s before it fell into a state of disrepair.  

Wilkinson and sons completed a total restoration of the car between 1987 and 1991 (all bills and many photos in the file) before the car was sold to Mr M Aavestad, a Norwegian collector.  Sadly the original number plate JB 753 was sold at this time to help pay for the Wilkinson restoration.  The car remained in Norway until 2003 when it was sold to Niels Hansen of Germany, before being owned by a number of northern Europeans and returning to England in 2012 in the ownership of Mr Kelvin.  Mr Kelvin had Paul Rogers Engineering completely rebuild the engine (photo and invoice all in file).  The car returned to French ownership in 2014 when the supercharger was fitted and there appears to have been considerable work done to the gearbox too.

The car now presents very well both cosmetically and mechanically.  This is an interesting car that is fun car to drive and a rare survivor from a company that put racing and performance at the top of their list.  An extensive history file accompanies the car.