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Charles Leith Ltd
Fordingbridge Hampshire

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1954 Cooper 500 Mk8 For Sale

1954 Cooper 500 Mk82354 JAP engine number 7058-79263/L built by Bill Needham of Cold Beck Engineering, bills dating from 1991 to 1992 - then owned and run in Norway as below. Gearbox assembled by Bill Needham c1991 - bill on file Returned from original export to the USA to Erik Priestley of Sussex in the late 1980s. Then sold by Roger Hurst of Kent to Per Gjerdrum of Hvalstad, Norway (specialising in Marine Pumps, / Liquid Mud Pumping systems / Compressors & Gas Turbines) - in October 1991 as a rebuild project in parts form & without engine - letter on file. (No record of Ian Raby of Brighton as per 500 Association record below) The 500 Owners Association has the car Mk82354 listed as follows : "Car number 147 - known but not seen since 1989. Originally exported to the USA, originally with Norton double overhead cam engine, last known being restored by Ian Raby in Brighton in 1989". Bore 80mm / Stroke 99mm The Norwegian registered FIA Papers dated 1992, now expired, declare that a restoration was completed in 1992. Currently owned in Ireland, this car has not been used in the last 10 years and previously to this, only used for demonstrations in Ireland and UK This car would need careful recommissioning and I would suggest the following work is required:- 4 new tyres - Dunlop Racing Tyres date from 1991 from Vintage Tyre Supplies of Beaulieu. 5.50L x 15" CR65 rears fitted at present (the rears would need to be R5 sll round today) and 4.50 x 15" R5 Fronts Brake overhaul - including 4 new wheel cylinders + master cylinder. Last done 1991 - bills on file Brake hoses & pipes - renewal of Brake reservoirs : renewal of both - (originals fitted) Hand brake not working. Twin-chamber Amal Mk2-2934 carburettor would need to be changed to an Amal Track Carb - type 27 Engine may be gummed up - engine turns over Tanks - Oil and Methanol - will need cleaning Constant loss oil catch tank cleaning BTH Magneto might need a rebuild - new fitted c1991 by Bill Needham 15" Magnesium wheels inspection Chain lube cross member tube tank will need cleaning out A VERY TIDY EXAMPLE - indeed a straightforward restoration and recommissioning is required
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