1966 Cooper Racing Car Toy with Original Box and Mailer Box.
1966 Cooper Racing Car Toy with Original Box and Mailer.
The Charles Cooper built his first racing car in 1936. This was a special based on an Austin Seven. After serving with the Royal Air Force during the war, Cooper and his son John decided, in 1946, to build a car for the new 500cc racing series. They used a JA Prestwich Industries (JAP) Speedway motorcycle engine. JAP built their first motorcycle engine in 1902. Their engines proved very popular and could also be found in aircraft as well as some of Britain's lightweight cars such as the three-wheeled Morgans. British 500 cc ‘poor man’s motor racing’ movement had been founded by some Bristol enthusiasts. John and Eric wanted all independent suspension on their car, so they took two Fiat Topolino front ends, which had simple wishbone-and-transverse-leaf-spring independent suspension, and welded them together back-to-back.
Item Code - TOYL4F320GA
Width: 6" Height: 1 1/2" Depth: 2 1/2" Weight: 70 g