This week’s Classified Combo takes in the full sphere of Goodwood interest, from a Revival era race car to an altogether more modern competition car that wouldn’t look too out of place at this Sunday’s Hot Hatch themed Breakfast Club. And that broad spectrum all comes under the umbrella of one name: Cooper.
Today, John Cooper’s name seems almost exclusively synonymous with Mini, in all its guises. Who would have though, in 1956 when this Cooper Type 39 Bobtail was built, that this racing marque would once day be associated with diesel estate cars? This Type 39 was originally sold to an owner in Florida and raced on the East coast of America in its early life. When it came to the UK, it underwent a thorough rebuild, which included the installation of a low-mileage Coventry Climax FWB 1460cc engine. Complete with FIA papers, this historic single-seater commands an asking price of £129,995.
And to sit alongside your dainty 1950s racer, how about the most up to date of competition cars to bare the famous name? This car won the Mini Challenge JCW Championship in 2013 and, while it didn’t complete a full season this year, it is fresh from a pole and a win in the closing round. This R56 generation car comes with loads of spares and is, according to the advert, ‘ready to win in 2015.’ A new engine (which has completed one round) and gearbox rebuild contribute to its £17,500 asking price.