The Cooper Monaco CM 5/62 was produced in November 1962, as the prototype for the 'King Cobra' of the following year. Jack Hinkle took delivery equipped with a 2.7-liter Coventry Climax that had been used in Grand Prix racing in Europe. Hinkle, Chairman of the SCCA Board in 1961, was an accomplished sports car driver, winning nine of twelve races and the MiDiv D Mod Championship in 1964 with CM 5/62.
Hinkle sold CM 5/62 less Climax, to Tracy Bird, who installed a 3.0-liter Ferrari TR250 engine and raced CM 5/62 very successfully in 1965 and 1966.
In 1968, Bird sold CM 5/62 to Pete Lovely, who is well known for installing a Ferrari engine in a Cooper T-51 and racing the 'Cooper-Ferrari' at the Formula 1 race at Riverside in 1960, finishing 11th.
CM 5/62 was acquired from Lovely by Mr. William Commarano in 1974. Lovely had returned 250TR #0718 to its rightful chassis, so Ferrari 250GT V12 Lusso engine #5509 was used to restore the car to Tracy Bird specs.
Fred Burke acquired the car in 2005, and intends to continue the chain of good stewards for his interesting and historically important sports racing car.Also photographed at :