London, ENGLAND — An ultra-rare and historic Cooper Climax T55, one of only two built by the Formula team to contest the 1961 Grand Prix season — driven by the reigning (and ultimately three-time) Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham — will be offered at Saturday’s Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale. All proceeds will be donated to Race Against Dementia, the charity founded by Sir Jackie Stewart in honor of his wife, Helen.
With Brabham (later Sir Jack) at the wheel, the T55 contested six Grand Prix races in 1961, winning on its debut in the ‘Aintree 200’ where his nearest rival was teammate Bruce McLaren, finishing a close second in the other T55. Sir Jack then raced the car in the ‘off-season’ Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand where it finished second at Longford.
The T55 was given to Race Against Dementia by previous owner Peter Livanos, who oversaw its professional cosmetic restoration by marque specialist, the late Urban Fässler.