1956 Cooper T39 Sports Racer Vehicle Profile

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

1956 Cooper T39 photograph

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Sports Racer
John Cooper is responsible for the rear engine revolution that has dominated the racing world since the sixties. Though the configuration was used by the 'Silver Arrows' team in their bulky grand prix racers, the practice had faded. Cooper moved the motorcycle engine that powered his tiny Formula 3 racer to the back to more easily accommodate its chain drive.

His success bred this 1100cc Coventry Climax powered and transaxle driven 'Bobtail' racer.

In mid-to-late 1954, Owen Maddock, at the Cooper Car Co., Ltd., began designing Cooper's new 1100cc sports car. At about that same time, Leonard Lee of Coventry Climax Ltd. allowed his engineers to begin production the FWA (Feather Weight Automotive) for the British specialists of that era. John Cooper was responsible for the decision to place the Coventry Climax engine in the rear of the new 1100cc sports car, but it was Owen Maddock who is credited with the unique and renowned design feature of the car now known as the 'Bobtail' or 'Manx-tail.'

This Cooper Bobtail is one of only 13 known survivors of the 40-50 originally built. Although long identified as one of the 1957 cars, this Bobtail is actually a 1956 works car. The car appears to have been retained by the factory until the end of the racing season and then sold and thus creating the confusion over the years of the manufacture. With its original chassis, racing scars helped identify this car as one of the cars that Jack Brabham raced along with other works driver Michael MacDowel. Mr. MacDowel drove the car at Goodwood on September 8th of 1956 at the Sussex Trophy Race.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Cooper T39 Bobtail
Chassis#: CS/3/56
Sold for $150,625
  2019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1956 Cooper-CLIMAX TYPE 39 ‘BOBTAIL' SPORTS-RACING TWO-SEATER
Chassis#: CS/52/56
Sold for $77,538
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Cooper T39's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Cooper-Climax 1.5 Liter T-39 Bobtail Sports-RacingCS11-12-562020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $125,000$150,000
1956 Cooper-Climax 1.5-Liter T39 Bobtail Sports RacerCS/9/562019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $125,000$150,000
1956 Cooper-Climax 1.5 Liter T-39 Bobtail Sports-Racing, Center-SeaterCS11-12-562019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $190,000$230,000
1956 Cooper-Climax 1.5 Liter T-39 Bobtail Sports-Racing, Center-SeaterCS11-12-562019 Bonhams : Amelia Island $190,000$230,000
1956 Cooper Climax Type 39 BobtailCS/52/562011 RM Auctions London$136,850$95,000$125,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cooper T391956 Sports Racer
Chassis Num: CS11-12-56
Engine Num: FWB 400/86877


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