1959 Cooper T49 Monaco 

Cooper T49 Monaco

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We are delighted to offer this genuine, factory built Cooper T49 "Monaco" for sale.Introduced in 1959, the Cooper T49 Monaco with its 2-litre Coventry-Climax engine soon found favour with drivers both in the international and club racing scenes. A total of eight factory built cars were constructed with at least six other cars built up independently using un-numbered factory supplied chassis and component kits.CM/6/59 was the sixth of the eight factory built cars and was delivered new to American car dealer Harry Blanchard of Connecticut. After a succesfull racing career in the USA until 1980 (see the History section below), the car was bought and imported into the UK by Stirling Moss. Stirling sold the car as a restoration project the following year to David Watson who commissioned Hall & Fowler to carry out a full restoration of the car. The restoration was overseen and invoiced through Stirling Moss Ltd. despite having sold the car, Stirling tested the car at Silverstone and raced it at the curtain opener for the 1983 Monaco GP. CM/6/59 spent another 20 years in USA where it was vintage raced until it came back to Europe in 2000 where it has remained and raced until today. This genuine Cooper Monaco is in outstanding condition and is 100% race-ready. It has been fully sorted, always meticulously prepared proven to be a competitive entry in all races it has participated in such as Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival, Stirling Moss Trophy, Donington Historics, etc..CM/6/59 benefits from a current, 2015 FIA HTP and comes with a fresh, spare gearbox and other good spares.This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine, "no stories" factory built Cooper T49 "Monaco" with excellent history and documentation in fully sorted, race-ready condition !   ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.

Reference Number 450316

as of 5/26/2020

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Car 1959 Cooper T49 Monaco
VIN CM/6/59 
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CM/6/59 was the sixth of the eight factory built cars and was delivered new to American car dealer Harry Blanchard of Connecticut. Preferring to stick with his Porsche RSK  for racing, Harry sold the Cooper-Monaco straight on to New York motor dealer and car entrant Charles Kreisler. Still in the original dark blue livery as delivered to Blanchard, Charlie entered the car in the Lime Rock Park round of the USAC Road Racing Championship for Indycar racer Roger Ward. On the day though, former Mercedes-Benz factory driver John Fitch would race the Cooper-Monaco after reminding Kreisler that he had offered him first refusal to race the car, and he would very much like to drive the new Cooper. Fitch used CM/6/59 to good effect to finish 4th overall. Fitch then agreed to drive the car for the rest of the season starting at the Montgomery National where he dropped out early in the main race. Back on the USAC RRC trail at Meadowdale, Fitch finished 3rd. After retiring in the Canadian Stock Car Association sports car race at Harewood Acres, Fitch won the main event at the season-ending SCCA Regional at Lime Rock Park. Before the race, Charlie Kreisler had informed John the car had been sold Ken Burroughs so had suggested it be raced one last time. After the race though, Burroughs decided not to go ahead with the deal so Kreisler retained the car instead.At the end of 1959, Kreisler acquired the US Elva dealership and also signed up the Elva factory driver Charlie Kolb to race the cars. Kolb had five cars at his disposal, an Elva FJ and Elva Courier sports car, a Ferrari, a Porsche Speedster Carrera and the Cooper. At some events, all five cars were taken but as resources became stretched to the limit, preparation of the cars suffered and as the season wore on only a couple of cars were raced at a time.At the beginning of 1960, George Constantine borrowed the Cooper for the Cuban GP here he finished 10th. Kolb preferred to race his Elvas instead, he was more familiar with them, and CM/6/59 would only race three more times during 1960. In the Rickenbacker Trophy at the Roosevelt SCCA Regional, Kolb finished 3rd but failed to make it to the starting grid at the Lime Rock Park Nationals after the clutch broke in practice. At the Wisconsin GP Meadowdale Nationals, Kolb took the lead at the start and was immediately chased down by Bob Holberts Porsche RSK who was never more than a car length behind. Their battle ended after 9 laps when the Coopers engine went ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.