Cooper - Climax T51 winner Formula 1 World Champion 1959



The Cooper – Climax T51 is the winning car of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1959. Thanks to the insight of John Cooper, the victory of the Ferrari 246 in the 1958 world championship was the last of a car with a front engine. The T51 derived from a Formula 2 car with a Coventry Climax engine mounted at the rear.

Jack Brabham with the Cooper – Climax T51 won the 1959 F1 World Championship, for the Australian rider was the first world title. The season was very balanced and decided only at the last race, Brabham won two Grand Prix wins in Monaco and Great Britain and thanks to the victory of teammate Bruce McLaren in the last race in the United States Grand Prix he managed to keep the advantage on the Maserati by Tony Brooks. Cooper won the Constructors World Championship thanks to the Stirling Moss victories.


Cooper T51
aluminium body over steel tubular chassis
Length: 2311 mm
Width: 1181 mm
Height: 1219 mm
Brakes: Girling discs, all-round
Tyres: Dunlop


Coventry Climax FPF Straight 4 2495 cc
Power: 179 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Knight C5S four speed Manual
Tank capacity: ?
Fuel Type: Petrol


Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1959 driver Jack Brabham
Race winner: GP of Great Britain 1959 with driver Jack Brabham,
GP of Monaco 1959 with driver Jack Brabham, GP of Portugal 1959 with driver Stirling Moss, GP of Italy 1959 with driver Stirling Moss, GP of USA 1959 with driver Bruce McLaren

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