Tadek Marek

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Tadek Marek designed the 3.7-litre 6-cylinder engine, here shown in an Aston Martin DB4.

Tadeusz "Tadek" Marek (1908–1982) was a Polish automobile engineer, known for his Aston Martin engines.[1]

Marek was from Kraków and studied engineering at Technische Universität Berlin before working for Fiat in Poland and also for General Motors.[2] Despite a serious racing accident in 1928, he raced the 1937 Monte Carlo Rally in a Fiat 1100 followed by a Lancia Aprilia in 1938 and an Opel Olympia in 1939. Driving a Chevrolet Master sedan, he won the XII Rally Poland (1939) before moving to Great Britain in 1940 to join the Polish Army. He joined the Centurion tank Meteor engine development (1944),[3] but returned to Germany, working for United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

In 1949 he joined the Austin Motor Company, and eventually joined Aston Martin (1954). He is notable for his work on three engines, developing the alloy straight six-cylinder engine of the Aston Martin DBR2 racing car (1956), redesigning the company's venerable straight six-cylinder Lagonda (1957), and developing the Aston Martin V8 engine (1968).

The Lagonda engine received a new cast iron block with top seating liners, used in the DB Mark III that debuted in 1957. After modifications, the DBR2 engine was used in the DB4 (1958), DB5 (1963), DB6 (1965) and DBS (1967). The V8 first appeared in the DBS V8 in 1969, going on to power Aston Martins for part of five decades before being retired in 2000. A prototype was fitted in the mid-'60s in a one-off DB5 extended 4" after the doors and driven by Marek personally,[4] and a normally 6-cylinder Aston Martin DB7 was equipped with a V8 unit in 1998.[5][6]

Marek and his wife moved to Italy in 1968, where he died in 1982.


  1. ^ David Dowsey (2010). Aston Martin. Power, beauty and soul. Peleus Press. p. 26.
  2. ^ A biography with pictures of Marek, entitled Tadek Marek, which again refers to a 1967 article by Brian Joscelyne and Adrian Feather, Marek the man in Aston Martin Quarterly of the Aston Martin Owners Club.
  3. ^ According to architecture critic Jonathan Glancey in his article Put the dash back into Aston Martin from The Guardian, published 13 March 2007.
  4. ^ Going one better than James Bond from telegraph.co.uk
  5. ^ Adcock, Ian (17 August 2012). "For Auction: Unique Aston Martin V8 DB7". Road & Track. Hearst Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016.
  6. ^ "244: 1998 Aston Martin DB7 V8 Vantage". Historics at Brooklands. 1 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013.