To say this Mercedes-Benz G300 had some rust in the sills would have been a drastic understatement. Once we started cutting out the rust and filler we found there wasn’t a lot left of either the inner sills or the outer sills. On the left hand side it had also spread to the first outrigger and body mount. The only solution was to cut it right back and replace it with fresh metal. We fabricated sill panels to match the original contours with our sheet metal folding machine.
In the 1950’s the Cooper name was synonymous with single seat racing cars with unprecedented success with 500cc cars up to Formula 1. Some of the worlds greatest racing drivers started out in the 500cc formula before graduating to F1.
Jim Russell was one of the most successful drivers in the 500cc Formula 3 category with a hatrick of championships for the Cooper Car Company. His 1956 and 57 championships were won in this very car. Built in 1956 it was campaigned by Russell as the Cooper works car in 1956 and 57 winning an astonishing total of 21 races.
The car has a very well documented history including letters from Jim Russell and an issue of Autosport from 1957 where Jim features on the cover driving the Cooper to victory in the 100 mile race at Silverstone. Today the Cooper is presented in beautiful restored condition, although it has not been driven in some years. The car even retains it’s original Steve Lancefield built Manx Norton “double knocker” engine.
If you are interested in owning one of the most successful Cooper 500’s in history then please contact Daniel for more information. Viewing can be arranged at our premises in East Sussex. £45,000.
This autumn marks an incredible 35 years in business! From humble roots working from a tool box in the back of an MGB, through various premises, to our current East Sussex facility, catering to all manner of classic car and historic racer. We always endeavour to push ourselves and grow with this year being no exception. Our latest has been our new machine shop facility with Southern Rebore Services moving on site under our wing. We look forward to serving the classic car and historic racing community for many years to come.
Storm Callum arrived at Donington this Sunday and wreaked havoc on the grids. A major accident in the MX5 race postponed activities until they could get the ambulances back. Burford did his best with a clean qualifying, in the torquey Cheetah, in the most unsuitable conditions for the car. Due to the extreme weather the race was delayed and with the forecast for rain to continue, we called it a day. Thank you to the HRDC and all of the organisers and marshals for doing their best in the terrible weather. Fingers crossed for a dry day next time