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1952 Cooper Cooper-Bristol


We have a 1952 Cooper Cooper-Bristol MK1 for sale.

This is a vintage racing car with lots of history and driven by very famous people. John Barber bought it in 1952. Before then, he was racing an F3 Cooper-JAP 500. The T20 CB/7/52 fall into the F2 spec. He first raced at Boreham before racing it in Turnberry in South Ayrshire, Scotland for the 1st Scottish National Trophy. Barber raced the car in the Libre race but retired, before finishing second in the F2 “Grand Prix”. At Goodwood, Barber finished eight and returned to Scotland to race it at Charterhall where the car was involved in a heavy crash. Over the winter, the car was rebuilt as Golding-Cooper using Disco Volante bodywork. And road registration The "NXH586 '' road registration was added to the car, and it is still on it today. During the rebuilding, it was changed to left-hand drive with the radiator slung below the nose. The design was inspired by a concept that Cooper wanted to use for a Mille Miglia effort, that never happened. John Barber continued to race the car, finishing 4th at Snetterton in 1953, taking the car for the British Empire Trophy and racing it to a third-place finish at Snetterton once again. "MacKenzie-Lowe'' bought the car at the end of 1953 and returned it to the Cooper works. From there, it was transferred to Peel Coachworks where they removed flimsy and loose hanging Disco Volante bodywork, replacing it with the DB3S style body that it wears till today. Afterwards, Sir Clive Edwards bought the car, using it mostly for sprints and hillclimbs between 1955 and 1960. Alistair McClelland bought the car from Sir Edwards, using it for club racing and sprinting for some seasons before selling it to the former RAC/MSA CEO John Quenby in1963 when he was only 21. Quenby owned the car for one and a half years before selling it off to an anonymous l stockbroker from Dulwich as he was temporarily moving to Australia. The CB/7/52 changed hands multiple times within that period with some of its owners racing it. In 1997, John Quenby bought it back and completely restored it including its 2-litre 6 cylinder Bristol Type 100B engine. The restoration took many years, and after completion, John Quenby sold the car to its present owner in 2006. The owner is a famous Dutch collector with great racing history, and he has raced the CB/7/52 successfully on several occasions. The car still has its 1953 Road Registration NXH586 and remains in race-ready condition. It has an FIA HTP that is valid till 2026 and its history file is comprehensive. It is a rare car being one of nine Cooper Sports cars that were built and only car of its kind with a "DB3S-like" body.

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