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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


Created Date:

07 August 2013

Last Modified:

13 January 2024
Camberwell

Marendaz

An attractive sports car, not unlike a small Bentley in appearance, developed by former Royal Flying Corps pilot, Capt DMK Marendaz.

Location
1-3, Brixton Road, Camberwell, London SW9 6DE.

Date
1926 -1932

1928 Marendaz 9/90, with 1087cc, four-cylinder engine, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
1928 Marendaz 9/90, with 1087cc, four-cylinder engine, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
  • 1928 Marendaz 9/90, with 1087cc, four-cylinder engine, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Commentary
After the closure of Marseal in 1925, Donald Marendaz established a new business at premises in London, which he shared with the London General Cab Co. and agents for Bugatti and Graham-Paige.  The new Marendaz came with either a four-cylinder 1,496cc Anzani engine or, later, an 1870/1986cc six-cylinder Erskine-Studebaker engine.  It is thought that an eight-cylinder 1,495cc engine was also developed.

The body of the Marendaz was largely designed by the Autocar magazine artist, Max Millar.  He produced a car which, at first glance, was scaled-down replica of a 3-litre Bentley.  By all accounts, the car was full of modern technical features and, with a top speed in the region of 80 mph, was very competitive for its day.  In 1928, a Marendaz Special, co-driven by Capt DMK Marendaz, established a new 1.5-litre 24-hour record at Brooklands, averaging 73 mph.  

Relatively few cars were made during this period (estimates range between 20 and 50), but the company also offered a racing, tuning and servicing programme for both its own and other sports cars.

A shortage of space at Brixton Road prompted a moved in 1932 to new premises in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Other locations  
Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Further details

  • The All British Marendaz Special, Graham Skillen, Fonthill, 2018.
  • The Marendaz Special website, www.marendazspecial.co.uk.
  • The Thoroughbred Motor Car 1930 – 1940, David Scott-Moncrieff, Batsford 1963.