1962 Cooper T62 Tasman By Grand Prix Classics

The Tommy Adkins, Bruce McLaren car driven to numerous race wins in Australia and New Zealand in the 1962 and 1963 season. The outright winner of the 1962 Australian Grand Prix November 18, 1962 driven by Bruce McLaren. It is also discussed in the Doug Nyes book on Cooper cars. McLaren started his racing team in August of 1963. During the late 1962 and 1963, seasons he was racing this Cooper Formula Libre or Tasman car. It was a car modified and built by Bruce McLaren and Wally Willmott.

An important car, as Bruce was discussing starting his own company at that time. Although the following Cooper T70 gets the nod for the first complete design and build by Bruce McLaren and Wally Willmot, this is never the less an important early car built and raced by Bruce McLaren. There is some reference to this in the “McLaren Movie” and correspondence from Jan McLaren. The ownership history is known, and the restoration is well documented.

A frame up restoration of all components by marque experts: Ivan Zaremba, Ian Gordon and Bob McCormack in Sonoma, Marin area of California. Recently rebuilt 2.5 liter Coventry Climax FPF engine.  Restored at a cost of well over $125,000.  With excellent records and receipts for work done.

Race History:

  • Australian Grand Prix – 1962, Bruce McLaren, 2.7 Cooper Climax, First Place
  • Pukekohe Grand Prix – 1963, Bruce McLaren, 2.7 Cooper Climax, DNF*
  • The Lady Wigram Trophy – 1963, Bruce McLaren, 2.7 Cooper Climax, First Place
  • Teretonga – 1963, Bruce McLaren, 2.7 Cooper Climax, First Place

*McClaren recorded the fastest lap of the event in the Cooper T62 practice.

Of Note:
This T62 was on the front row and led the race at the 2006 Monterey Historic all Cooper race.  It has also won the class numerous times over the Ferrari 246 F1 and Cooper T53.

With a 1960 Cooper T53 driven by McLaren selling at over $300,000. This car is a great value at $125,000/offer. The engine is fresh, the car is in top order. The correct Collatii gearbox comes with the car and would need a complete rebuilt to be installed. A Hewland FT200 is in the car now and worth about $15,000.

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