RM auctions AC Ace design genius's 'first' classic racing car

In the early-1950s, Cliff Davies, the father of the AC Cobra, commissioned John Tojeiro to build him a car with a two-litre Bristol six-cylinder engine.

At the time, Tojeiro was the established designer and builder of sports racing 'specials', registered as LOY 500, which were bodied by Panelcraft to resemble the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta and powered with a Bristol engine developed from the BMW 328 with 128 horsepower.

The 1952 Tojeiro MG Barchetta Sports Racer

Tojeiro soon after built an MG-powered Barchetta, LOY 501 and then, it is believed, perhaps just one or two other cars. Of these two autos, one is going under the hammer with no reserve as part of the Bill Jacobs at RM Auctions' Arizona sale, next month.

The car is the MG-powered 1952 Tojeiro Barchetta Sports Racer, registered as LOW 77, which was raced by Izzard-Davies' driver Alan Moore with some success at Crystal Palace and Silverstone. However, the car was eventually outpaced by the emerging Lotuses and Coopers of the mid-1950s.

Below: the car's 1,467 cc OHV MG XPAG engine

LOW 77 changed hands eight times over the next 30 years, all of which is documented with photos and paperwork which will be sold with the car. The automobile's history also includes a superb restoration, while its odometer reads 10,427 miles.

Still boasting its stunning Tojeiro design and a gorgeous drive to match, the car promises to be a highlight at RM's upcoming Arizona event.


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