<i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA
Lot 272¤
Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont
1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. MK6/21/52
Engine no. TR5 4196 NA
Sold for US$ 26,400 inc. premium

Lot Details
<i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA <i>Offered from the Collection of Lex du Pont</i><BR /><B>1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater</B><BR />Chassis no. MK6/21/52<BR />Engine no. TR5 4196 NA
Offered from the Alexis 'Lex' du Pont Collection
1952 Cooper-Norton Mark VI 500cc Formula 3 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. MK6/21/52
Engine no. TR5 4196 NA
500cc Triumph 2-Cylinder Air Cooled Engine
Twin Amal Side Draft Carburetors
50hp Approx.
4-Speed Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Integral Drum Brakes

*Time-warp Cooper with great history
*One owner from new
*One of the more successful F3 cars raced in America


COOPER

Today the British Cooper Car Company is remembered as having been the marque responsible for the 'Rear-Engined Revolution' which overwhelmed the motor racing world from 1958-1960. It had all begun immediately after World War 2 when John Cooper and his father Charles, with John's school friend Eric Brandon, built their first air-cooled 500cc motorcycle-engined Cooper cars. The boys had so much fun that numerous would-be customers stepped forward to order replica cars for 1948, and the Coopers – father and son – founded their car company to meet this demand.

By 1950 the FIA International governing body recognized 500cc single-seater racing as their Formula 3 schoolroom class, and the cars proliferated worldwide, with Cooper dominant. In the USA the influential journal Road & Track encouraged a matching 500cc movement. In May 1951 C.F. Wheaton's imported Cooper was beat at Giant's Despair Hill-Climb by John Fitch, who was driving a Swedish Effyh. An early American Formula 3 driver was Alexis 'Lex' du Pont, who finished 2nd at Palm Beach in December 1951, and his Cooper-Triumph featured strongly at Brynfan-Tyddin and elsewhere. The movement brought Cooper cars to American attention, and when Cooper began building sports cars the marque would become widely familiar, long before it became Formula 1 World Champion Constructor for 1959 and 1960, then bringing the rear-engined configuration to the fore at Indy in 1961.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Lex du Pont acquired this Cooper T18, or Mark VI design, brand-new in 1952. This was the first Cooper '500' model to feature a multi-tubular chassis in place of the original Fiat Topolino-derived box-frame. The new structure was 25lbs lighter than the preceding Mark V, while total weight-saving reached 60lbs thanks to the more extensive use of magnesium-elektron light-alloy castings. The height and frontal area had been reduced and the factory offered either JAP or Norton single-cylinder air-cooled engines to customer choice.

In 1952 Lex du Pont drove his Cooper '500' at Bridgehampton on Long Island, at Thompson Raceway achieving a win and a second place, Watkins Glen and a second place on the hill-climb course at Giant's Despair. Into 1953 he would take a win and a fine 2nd place at Thompson, Connecticut. In 1954 Lex won the Mt. Equinox Hill Climb and finished 2nd at the SCCA nationals. In 1956, Lex won the SCCA National title.

Lex's Mark VI offered here is unusually equipped with a Triumph "Speed Twin" 500c engine. Ever the experimenter, Lex tapped his extensive motorcycle tuning experience to build this engine especially for the Cooper Mark VI.

This is a vanishingly rare opportunity to buy a true amateur racing gentleman's single-seat Cooper which has survived in time-machine condition from its 1950s heyday well into the 21st Century. We recommend the closest consideration either for Museum preservation, or for restoration to race on.

Offered on a Bill of Sale.

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