Automobile [Racing Car Formula I Cooper Climax]; Cooper Car Company (England, es...


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Automobile [Racing Car Formula I Cooper Climax]

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1961 Cooper Climax Formula I Racing Car

Originally this car started life as a Cooper Climax Formula 1 car with a 1.5 litre V8 engine and alloy body. It was driven by Bruce McLaren and Phil Hill for the Cooper team. Bruce’s best results with it were third at the Monza Grand Prix and fourth in the South African Grand Prix. Phil Hill was driving it when it crashed and caught fire during the Austrian Grand Prix in 1964.

The car was brought back to New Zealand by Bruce Abernethy, who rebuilt the car with the help of Bruce McLaren. It was converted to Tasman Series specifications, with a fibreglass body and the 2.7 litre engine which it has now. It was sold to the New Zealand Grand Prix Association who used it to train new drivers. They obtained sponsorship from Rothmans and it was raced successfully by Dennis Marwood for two seasons under their Driver Promotion Scheme.

During its time at MOTAT it has undergone full restoration and was restored to how it looked when it last raced in the Tasman Series. It has since completed several laps of Pukekohe with Dennis Marwood at the wheel. Most recently the car was part of the Bruce McLaren Festival of racing at Hampdon Downs in January 2010.


Type: Formula I racing car
Model: Cooper Climax
Manufacturer: Cooper Car Company
Country manufactured: England
Date: 1961
Engine type: Petrol, 4-cylinder inline Coventry-Climax
Engine capacity: 2.7 litre
1961 Cooper Climax, Formula 1, 4 cylinder inline engine, bore x stroke 94 x 89.9 mm, 2495 cc, 240 bhp at 6750 rpm.
Dark blue and white paintwork, gold nose, no "5" on hood and side


Cooper Car Company (England, estab. 1946)

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H 820 L 3760 W 640mm (H 32 5/16 L 148 1/16 W 25 3/16")

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Road Transport

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The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

Object Type

Car, Racing/Automobile/Motor Vehicles/Land Transportation T&E/07 Distribution & Transportation Artifacts/Nomenclature

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