Cooper MG T21 Barchetta 1952 for sale

Most customers purchased their T21 cars in kit for home assembly, thereby saving on purchase tax.

Although intended for road use, the Cooper-MG was raced extensively by enthusiastic owners and also by the works, the car's first win coming at Goodwood in the final members' meeting of the 1950 season, fittingly with John Cooper himself at the wheel. Production of the MG-engined Cooper sports car, latterly in Type T21 form, had ended by 1953. In his typically excellent history of the marque, 'Cooper Cars', Doug Nye states that 'proper records of how many of these cars were produced have not survived, but
several were completed with alternative engines...' Some authorities estimate that as few as 24 Cooper-MGs were made.

This unique motor car is the work of Mr Victor Drew, employee at University Motors. He bought the rolling chassis from the Cooper factory at Surbiton, fitting an MG XPAG engine and
gearbox, sourced from his place of work, and an ENV differential.

Coachwork inspired by the Ferrari 166 barchetta, as reported in Autosport in 1952 (August 15th edition), the aluminium body panelling is all Drew's own work.

The car was registered by Mr Drew on the 1st June 1952 and carried the number 'MYH 314'. It was first registered as a 'Tonnelier' the French word for a cooper (barrel maker). It isunderstood that the car could not be registered at that time as a 'Cooper-MG' for tax reasons. Mr Drew ran the Cooper for 21 years
before selling it on 17th May 1973 to the next custodian, who lived close to him and had seen it on the local roads. He wanted a competitive car for hill climbs and the Cooper-MG's excellent power-to-weight ratio made it an ideal choice. 'MYH 314' became his everyday transport and was also used for touring, rallying, racing and hill climbing. In the mid-1980s, marriage and a change in the vendor's financial circumstances meant that the Cooper-MG had to go into storage. It remained there until 2011when he was
asked by the MGCC's XPAG club to display the car. In 2012 it was offered at Auction and was purchased by the current vendor some time later.

An extensive nut and bolt restoration was completed in 2015. The 1500cc XPAG engine was built by Peter Edney and produces 131-bhp with close ratio gearbox, she is a very quick car.

Car located near Silverstone.


Seller: Tom Hardman Limited
Phone: 01756719056

Details for Cooper MG T21 Barchetta 1952 for sale

Make: Cooper
Type: MG T21
Coach: Barchetta
Year: 1952
Price: On Request
Advert ID: 221355
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