1959 Cooper T51SOLD

1959 Cooper T51 Grand Prix

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Grand Prix Cooper T51, # F2-1-59
Engine Coventry Climax FPF 2.500 cc.
Gearbox - ERSA Knight 4 speed

Delivered new by Cooper Works to the British Racing Partnership, BRP Team in 1959. The team entered both F1 and F2 races with their drivers, Ivor Bueb (with F2-1-59), George Wicken and Chris Bristow. The 1959 season started at Goodwood with the Lavant Cup and came to an abrupt, and unfortunate end at Clermont Ferrand where the car was involved in an accident. At this point, F2-1-59 was rebuilt by Cooper Works to F1 specification and was fitted with a 2.5 litre Coventry Climax engine.

In 1960 BRP ordered three additional cars after receiving financial support from Yeoman Credit, which were to be driven by the likes of Brooks, Bristow, Phil Hill, Halford, Gendebien, Taylor and Schell.

1960 Season.
18/04/1960. Goodwood T car for Schell and Bristow.
29/05/1960. Monaco, T car for Brooks and Bristow, used in practice.
17/09/1960. Snetterton, Denny Hulm 5th.
20/11/1960. Riverside, Phil Hill 6th.









1961 Season.
Car sold to Count Volpi to be raced under the Scuderia Serenissima banner with a Maserati 1.5 litre engine and was usually driven by Maurice Trintignant.
14/05/1961. Monaco 7th
02/07/1961. Reims DNF
09/10/1961. Monza 14th.

The car was restored by John Harper in 2000/ 2002 and has been successfully and consistently campaigned both in the UK and across Europe including a Goodwood win at the 2002 Goodwood Revival Glover Trophy. The Cooper was last driven at the 2011 Silverstone Classic. Full racing history available upon request.

The car is beautifully presented both mechanically and cosmetically and is being sold in race ready condition.

This represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of motor racing history that is eligible for all top flight historic Grand Prix events.

POA.





Reference Number 161246

as of 4/2/2013

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Car 1959 Cooper T51
Configuration Central Steering 
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