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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Cooper T25 'Cooperati'

This car took part in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1959 Drum-Braked Sports Cars at the HGPCA's Donington International Grand Prix meeting of May 2004 at Donington Park.
It's shown in the programme of the event as a 1954 Cooper T25 'Cooperati' with a 1971cc engine. This car was built by Cooper for Syd Greene's Gilby Engineering, who had been running a Maserati A6GCS for Roy Salvadori since 1953 which had become uncompetitive. The Maserati engine was fitted to the Cooper and the car was campaigned by Roy Salvadori and Alan Brown during the 1955 season, after which the Maserati engine was removed and the Cooper sold to Horace Gould. Horace Gould installed a Bristol engine and went to New Zealand with the car which then remained in that part of the world till the mid-1980s when it returned to the UK. The 'Cooperati' name is a reminder of its time with a Maserati engine. The car was driven at the Donington Park meeting by the owner, Eddie McGuire.

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