Cooper Chassis number F2/2/66 was built in 1966 as one of two Type T82 cars to run in that year's European Formula 2 Championship. F2/2/66 fitted with a BRM project 80 engine was the Works car run and entered by Jo Bonnier and his Ecurie Suisse Team along side his Cooper Maserati F1 car. The car was predominantly driven by Jo Siffert and occasionally, by Jo Bonnier.
The car was returned to the Cooper factory at the end of the year and sold to an American owner/driver, Tom Jones, who wanted an F1 car. The factory converted chassis F2/2/66 to pre-65 F1 specifications by the fitting of a 1.5-liter Climax V8 and Colotti T34 six-speed gearbox. The conversion required some major surgery to the rear end to house the Climax V8 and the Colotti gearbox.
The car was entered in the 1967 Canadian GP but failed to qualify. The car was eventually sold, sans engine, to Rick Kolher of Ohio. Rick ran the car in FB events with a BMW engine.
The rolling chassis was purchased from Fort Lauderdale in 1993, and brought back to the UK for restoration and reuniting with its BRM engine by the current owner, in order to restore the chassis to correct 66 F2 form. The restored car still retains some of its F1 features: 1-inch wider wheels, up to four fuel tanks and LH gear change shaft guides. The car is campaigned regularly in the UK and Europe at historic events by owner/mechanic/driver Paul Busby.
This Cooper T-82, chassis number F2/1/66 is equipped with the Cosworth SCA (997cc) and was originally campaigned by the factory team run by Bob Gerard. It was driven primarily by Bob Anderson through the 1966 & 1967 F2 Seasons, and never really had any claim to fame as Brabham / Honda Ruled in 1966. During the 1966 season, the originally installed front inboard rocker arm suspension was replaced with the current configuration due to understeer. Unknown at the time, it was actually caused by the shape of the front bodywork causing the lift and the resulting under-steer.
Fred Opert sold the car to Lynn Beaumont, of the Lone Star Region SCCA, in September 1967. Lynn promptly retired his DeTomaso to race the Cooper in the American Road Race of Champions in that November, placing third. Lynn and the car were very successful clinching the SCCA SW Division in 1968.
Since the car was acquired by its current owner in 1981, it has remained as original except for the color, originally British Racing Green in 1966/1967 and Metallic Blue from 1968-1981.
Also this car's sister chassis, owned by Paul Busby of England, equipped with the BRM engine, is also here. The last time these two chassis competed was in Daytona in 1967.