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Marcus Willis

Marcus has transformed a life-long passion for classic cars and motorsport into a successful career within the research sector of the classic car world and is now the main point of contact for clients at Girardo & Co. with any questions relating to the motor cars being offered. His passion for classic cars was encouraged from a young age by his father, who was a keen club racer, and it wasn't long before Marcus found himself attending many of the events.

By the age of eight he participated in his first competition karting race, remaining active within the sport for the next ten years. Marcus studied both Motorsport Technology and Computer Aided Automotive Design at university, working on the weekends and holidays at a workshop in the Cotswolds which specialised in Ferrari & Porsche and also prepared and ran historic competition cars, focusing on Group C, Formula One and GT cars.

Once his studies were complete, Marcus moved from the workshop and into the office, learning how to manage a small business before moving to London and working at RM Sotheby's as the Research Specialist and Catalogue Coordinator. During his time at RM Sotheby's, Marcus built great relationships with many marque and image archives, circuits, racing drivers, owners and specialist workshops, allowing him to uncover a great deal of unknown history and add value to many recent headline sales. Also during this time Marcus participated in many classic car events including the Modena Cento Ore, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Concours d'Elegance Suisse, Pebble Beach and numerous Goodwood meetings.

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Originally owned and raced by the Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrari Classiche Certified, Used during filming of Steve McQueen's movie, 'Le Mans' Sold 1970 Ferrari 512 S
1970 Ferrari 512 S
Ferrari Classiche Certified, Matching Numbers example, Presented in its original colour combination Sold 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Great period competition history, One of only seven Series 3 cars built, Second from last Lotus 15 built, Recently restored by specialists Twyman Racing Sold 1959 Lotus 15
 1959 Lotus 15
Fully restored to original Group 2 specification, Period competition history in South Africa including the Kyalami 9 hours and 1000 KMs Sold 1981 Rover 3500 SD1 Group 2
1981 Rover 3500 SD1 Group 2
Five times Le Mans 24 Hours, Raced at Le Mans in 2004 by World Rally Champion Colin McRae, Five times race winner, Fourteen times podium finisher Sold 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive
 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive
One of only 240 alloy-bodied examples, The 15th LHD XK120 built, Highly eligible including Mille MIglia Sold 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster
 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster
Fiat Auto Spa (Works) entered in the 1984 Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo for Miki Biasion where it fininshed 6th Overall, Evo 2 specification from new Sold 1984 Lancia 037 Rally Group B Evo 2
1984 Lancia 037 Rally Group B Evo 2
Recent thorough service by specialists, One of only 207 Stradale examples built Sold 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
1982 Lancia 037 Stradale