1960 Cooper T53
|Engine:||Coventry Climax FPF 2.5 Liter|
|Transmission:||Cooper – Knight C5S Five Speed|
|Color:||Green with White Stripes|
History: Cooper had won the formula one world championship in 1960 with the “low line” T53. Many racing customers had purchased the successful T53 to race in a variety of series. This car was sold to Arthur Owen (who later became a Cooper historian), he used it in major English Hillclimbs, winning the 1963 British Hillclimb Championship. The car is pictured in Doug Nye’s book on Cooper cars. It then sells to John Harper, Roger Sweet, Stephan Griswold, John Casado, James Stollenwerck, Tom Byrnes, Don Shoeny, and Jeff Abramson. It has raced in a variety of West Coast US historic races since the early 80’s to present, including the 2006 Monterey Historic Car Races where Cooper was the featured marque.
Condition: Stunning appearance in traditional Cooper team colors of green with white stripes. Outstanding originality from frame welds to the magneto. Well maintained by specialist Jim Groom at Sonoma Racetrack. Receipts for many years of race prep, gearbox and engine rebuilds. Engine rebuild by Groom/Hasselgren in 2011. Only three sessions since. Dyno sheet showing 215 HP, 190 torque. Correct Cooper-Knight C5S 5-speed gearbox. Has alloy wrap around bag tanks, proper uprights, suspension, radiator and wheels. A wonderful example of a very original, well maintained Cooper T53.
Documents: FIA HTP papers, logbook, paperwork between owners. Various magazine articles and numerous race prep receipts.
Of Note: Known ownership from new, in Doug Nye’s Cooper book. Excellent historic racing success. A very original car.