The ex-Horace Gould,1953 Cooper-Bristol Mk II Grand Prix, Formula 2 and Libre Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. CBM Mk2/11/53 Engine no. 503

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 520
The ex-Horace Gould, 1953 Cooper-Bristol Mk II Grand Prix, Formula 2 and Libre Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. CBM Mk2/11/53 Engine no. 503

£ 85,000 - 120,000
US$ 100,000 - 150,000
The ex-Horace Gould
1953 Cooper-Bristol Mk II Grand Prix, Formula 2 and Libre Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. CBM Mk2/11/53
Engine no. 503
This extremely competitive Historic racing car began life in 1953 when it was bought new by burly, rugged and immensely popular Bristolian garage owner Horace Gould. He had made his name racing the ex-Lionel Leonard Cooper-MG ‘KOY 500’ when, in mid-1953 he made his debut in this sparkling new Formula 2 Cooper-Bristol Mark II. He was given an entry in the British Grand Prix meeting Libre race at Silverstone, and immediately began to build- his rather wild and woolly reputation with some very fast and energetically spectacular drives. a

Gould took the car to the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix at Ardmore aerodrome circuit, and he may in fact have won it outright. The lap scorers became confused and lost count placing Gould fourth, then elevated him to second after he had protested.

He went on to set second fastest time of the day at the New Zealand Wairamarama hill-climb before shipping ‘11/53’ back home for a full British season through 1954. He retired from the International Trophy Formula 1 race at Silverstone after suffering engine trouble then finished fourth in Heat 1 of the Crystal Palace Trophy, and sixth in the Final. He earned an entry in the British Grand Prix back at Silverstone but finished unclassified. Back at Crystal Palace for the August Trophy race he finished fourth, and repeated this success in the RedeX Trophy Formula 1 event at Snetterton. Gould and this Cooper-Bristol then won the Joe Fry Memorial Trophy race at Castle Combe in August. Eleventh place at Aintree in October completed his 1954 season.

Horace Gould then sold ‘11/53’ to fellow West Countryman Tom Kyffin, whose mother was one of the Wills tobacco family daughters. His mechanic Jake Halligan recalled this car as being: ‘…much the better of our two cars, and Tom quite enjoyed driving it…’. This ex-Gould/Kyffin Mark II was advertised for sale by Performance Cars of Brentford early in 1956 and it was subsequently raced through that season by Flt/Lt W. F. Morice. He appeared in it in minor races at Oulton and Mallory Park and the Caen GP in Nor-mandy, where he finished sixth.

The car was then sold to George Palmer in New Zealand to replace his earlier Mark I. The car survived in active New Zealand ownership before being brought back to the northern hemisphere and maintained to the highest standards in raceworthy condition in the ownership of two prominent members of the Historic Grand Prix Car Association. It has competed – often spectacularly – in all of Europe’s most prestigious Historic GP car events, including the Goodwood Revival, Silverstone International and the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Its full potential has been realised by such drivers as Frenchman Flavien Marçais. It is described by the vendor as being ‘ready to race’, having undergone a complete transmission rebuild as recently as 2002 while an overall crack test investigation was carried out during 2001-2002.

The charming contemporary history of original owner-driver Horace Gould and his successors makes ‘11/53’ offered here a truly historic racing car – and one which will surely reward a capable new owner-driver with many more competitive racing miles…
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.