1961 Cooper Monaco Type 57 Mark II
This car is regarded as a genuinely Cooper built Monaco - still retaining its original chassis which was most probably one of the very last Monacos of its type ever to leave the famous Cooper factory on Hollyfield Rd., Surbiton, Surrey, just south-west of central London. It was originally equipped with a pointed-fin 1961 type Monaco Mark III body shell but may have not been completed in 1961 as a running car. Research indicates that it was probably retained as an uncompleted chassis/body unit stored away by a former Cooper Car Company employee. From him it passed eventually to British specialist racing car and prototype bodywork manufacturer Mo Gomm of Old Working, Surrey, from whom it was acquired by respected Cooper specialist Sid Hoole. He completed this car to running order, fitting the broadly Mark II-type bodywork it still boasts today, and from him it passed via John Harper - one of the most successful, longest-serving and best known driver/dealers in British historic racing. John Harper fitted it with the 2.7-litre engine which by common consent, has performed in spectacular manner. This particular Cooper Monaco is a coil-spring rear suspension car as opposed to the earlier 1959-1960 style transverse leaf spring suspended versions. With such a powerful and torquey Climax FPF engine, it certainly offers a new owner the promise of some of the most enjoyable motor racing.