The early years of MMM
The MMM started to build cars* in 1953, with the 2.7 stright six coupe Blue Marlin. Based on the same semi-spaceframe chassis, in 1955 they presented the Narwhal, the sedan version of the Blue Marlin coupe.
This two cars had low production numbers, but the aspiration of the company was to became a top sport car brand, with worldwide recognition.
After cooperating with Znopresk (recently moved in Trieste) for a very small family car, the RR layout 1958 MMM Goldfish Mk.I, they started to focus on a higher production volume product than the Blue Marlin and the Narwhal, but with the same sportiness and esclusivity.
The Dolphine Project
The car development was revolving around the 4 cilinder version of the straight six of the Blue Marlin/Narwhal. The displacement shrink to 1.9 liter and the lower power (compared to the straight six) of 130 horsepower was perfect for the size of a mid-size family sport saloon, competing with Lotus Cortina and Alfa Romeo.
The whole body and the engine were aluminum. The car was light, sporty but also very delicate.
The car received warm reception from the press and the market confirmed the expectation.
*Before building cars, the MMM was known for motorboat and, during the WWII, motor torpedo boat.
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