1961 Cooper-Climax T54 Cooper-Climax T54
1961 COOPER-CLIMAX T54 "KIMBERLY COOPER SPECIAL"
1961 Indy 500 racer piloted by Jack Brabham
Finishing 9th, this car started the "Rear Engine Revolution"
The one and only T54 ever built
Multiple winner of shows and events, restored in '90
Driven and shown at Goodwood in '11 and Pebble in '10
No history of the Indianapolis 500 is complete without a major consideration of Sir Jack Brabham's participation in the 1961 race with a revolutionary rear-engine Cooper, a car that would change the sport forever. Designed and constructed in less than 4 months, the unique Cooper T54 & Brabham qualified 13th and finished ninth. This caused many to rethink their beliefs about what a proper Indy car should be and soon the winning formula was rear-engined cars...all thanks to this T54.
Years later, this car was found in pieces and expertly assembled in 1991 and inspected by Sir Jack Brabham. The car won the Phil Hill Trophy at the Monterey Cup and awarded the Road & Track trophy at the Newport Beach Concours. Guest appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in '94 & '02. Best in class at Amelia Island Concours in '04 and in '06 the car was the highlight of the Rolex display at the Monterey Historics. After these accolades, T54 was on the lawn at Pebble Beach in 2010 and was invited to be one of only 33 cars to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Speedway at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2011. More recent outings were the '13 Desert Concours in Palm Springs where it won its class and in 2016 it was the star of the Jack Brabham Tribute at the Goodwood Revival. This special race car was important when built, raced by a legend and highly awarded in its post-track career and will be a cornerstone of any motorsports collection.