David Cooper, President
David Cooper apprenticed under master craftsman, engineer and inventor Leonard Morrison (1935-2002) for eleven years after a decade in engineering and marketing in the corporate world. He is a trained fabricator, machinist, designer, engine builder, historian and ex-racer with 35 years experience. After decades of restoration, forensic examination, reverse engineering, and study of original construction methods and materials, Cooper’s perspective is unique.
Cooper developed his research skills earning his B.A. at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. Starting with his own extensive library on vintage car marques and European history, Cooper expands his investigation of provenance and related historic documents to include personal interviews, internet archives and travels to museums, libraries, collections and shows both here and abroad. Through these efforts and those of his European contacts, Cooper has had particular success locating rare documents and critical information that add considerable value to his projects.
Cooper is a frequent lecturer, radio guest, consultant and judge at Concours d’Elegance across America. He is CEO and Co-Chair of the Concours d’Elegance of Chicago. Recently, Cooper wrote a chapter on French Coachbuilding Historical Techniques and Methods for Peter M. Larson and Ben Erickson's new book "Saoutchik: Jacques Saoutchik - Maitre Carossier", Dalton Watson, 2014.
Restoration of Vintage Automobiles