Own­ing a Cooper Monaco

Classic Cars (UK) - - Cooper Monaco -

Paul Grif­fin bought his Cooper Monaco in 2011, ‘It had been based with its pre­vi­ous owner in Spain for some time, so I went over there to see it with Sid Hoole. Ship­ping it back re­quired quite a bit of form-fill­ing but it a was fairly straight­for­ward process. ‘There were no real prob­lems when it ar­rived from Spain, but Sid did no­tice some­thing awry with one of the mag­ne­sium rear wheels the car had when I bought it. The sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try on that cor­ner was out too; we came to the con­clu­sion that the pre­vi­ous owner had prob­a­bly clipped a curb while hill climb­ing on Span­ish street cir­cuits. Sid cor­rected the sus­pen­sion and re­placed the wheel.

‘At the 73rd Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing, a D-type dropped its oil at St Mary’s; I was fol­low­ing close be­hind and im­me­di­ately be­came a pas­sen­ger, drift­ing across the grass into the tyre wall. The Cooper ended up with body dam­age to three of the four cor­ners, but the chas­sis and the me­chan­i­cals were left un­scathed. I took the op­por­tu­nity to have it re­painted in colours it ran at Good­wood in 1959.

‘I use it for tours as well as rac­ing; Sid has been fa­mil­iar with the car for around 35 years so he know the car ex­tremely well. He al­ways pre­pares a box of spares to take along but it is very re­li­able and ro­bust – up to now they have never been re­quired. It’s a de­light­ful car to drive on the cir­cuit but is also a rea­son­able road car.’

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