1955 Cooper T39 Bobtail165,000 GBP - Asking Price

Cooper T39 Bobtail

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Postwar England struggled with crippling shortages but privation often leads to adaptation, innovation and revolution. John and Charles Cooper followed that path to success, building up Cooper Cars into one of the most accomplished and revered motorsport enterprises. In the process, utilizing Owen Maddocks innovative 1954 chassis design, Cooper Cars forged a new revolution in sportscar racing with the Cooper T39 Bobtail of 1955-1956.The initial T39 was powered by a Coventry Climax FeatherWeightAutomotive (FWA) 1100cc four cylinder engine nestled within a tubular chassis. The lack of purpose-built racing parts forced Cooper to adapt components from various sources, but innovation is clearly shown in the drivers center seating and in the aluminium alloy bodys truncated rear, fashioned by Maddock to optimize aerodynamics. Hence the nickname of Manx Tail or Bobtail. Total production is unknown but fewer than 15 are thought to exist today.When born, this rare 1955 Cooper T39 Bobtail was equipped with a 1098ccm Climax FWA Engine number FWA-4 which indicates that this was the very 1st engine delivered by Coventry Climax to John Cooper (the first 2 engines went to Kieft and the 3rd engine went to Lotus) and as such indicates that this car was a works car (unfortunately there is no remaining Cooper chassis number registration prior to 1957).There is no firm evidence for the cars early (1st five years) race history but - given its very early engine nr - there is indication to believe that this was the Cooper T39 driven by Ivor Bueb during the 1955 season, its 1st race being the Easter Monday International Race at Goodwood where Bueb finished an impressive 3rd. At the following race, the International Meeting at Silverstone on 7-5-1955, Ivor Bueb won both the 1100cc and 1500cc class (finishing in front of all 2 litre cars)!A Cooper T39 Bobtail was then entered by the Cooper works for the 1956 Le Mans 24hr race. This Le Mans car received certain modifications to the chassis. Later in 1956 Roy Salvadori, driving a Cooper T39, wins a race in Oporto, Portugal. This may well be a coincidence, but it is interesting to note that the first formal history document of chassis CS-II-1-55  is a Portuguese Libretto (Road registration) dated August 8th, 1960 in which the engine is listed as FWA-4 and the car is listed as Cooper experimental 1956. The cars original chassis (which is separate but comes with the car) clearly shows various in-per ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.

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Car 1955 Cooper T39 Bobtail
VIN CS-II-1-55 
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