Thursday, 22 May 2014

Cooper Maserati Monaco T61

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Cooper Maserati T61 represents an unusual fusion of cultures. John Cooper's outfit was based in Surbiton, somewhat removed from the sunkissed olive groves of Maserati's Modena, and it's for this reason that sticking a Maser engine in a Cooper race car was an utter masterstroke. Cooper was hitherto known for racing under Coventry Climax four-pot power (with widespread success), and were eager to get the jump on their bigger-budget rivals by employing a new element of surprise. Said surprise came in the form of a 4.9-litre Maserati V8 shoehorned into a low-slung Cooper GP chassis; as you might imagine, it broke lap records and trounced rivals all over the shop.
You can learn about the history of the T61 here. It's now owned by Michael O'Shea, who likes to stretch its legs whenever he's able; the pics you see here were snapped at Goodwood's 72MM - click here for more.

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