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Lot : Tojeiro-Bristol Sports Racer

Cars, H&H Sales Limited (11 June 2012)

An accomplished club racer who had enjoyed some notable successes with his Cooper MG 1.5 litre sports racer 'JOY 500', London-based car dealer Cliff Davis decided to move up to the 2 litre class for the 1953 season. To this end he commissioned talented engineer John Tojeiro to design an all independently sprung chassis which could accommodate Bristol's tunable 2 litre engine. Bodied in the style of a contemporary Ferrari Barchetta by Eric Hall and Bill Rich, the resultant aluminium-skinned machine was road registered as 'LOY 500'. Well balanced and fast, the Tojeiro-Bristol had a magnificent season and even won the support race at the Dutch Grand Prix beating the 2 litre Maseratis. Davis suggested to Tojeiro that the sports racer could form the basis of a production model and thus earn some money. Learning that AC Cars Ltd were looking for a project, Tojeiro took 'LOY 500' to the firm's Thames Ditton factory for evaluation. The Directors were impressed and could see a future in the design. Suitably evolved it debuted at the London Motor Show as the AC Ace (John Tojeiro being paid 5 per car in royalties). 1953 Race Results for 'LOY 500' Goodwood Easter Meeting Fourth Handicap race - 1st place Goodwood Members Meeting - May Race 3 - 1st Place Silverstone 16th May Race 4 - 10 lap sports car race under 2500cc - 1st place Race 6 - 3rd place Crystal Palace May Bank Holiday meeting Sports Car Scratch Race - 1st Place Snetterton June Race 2 - 4th place Zandvoort - June - Dutch GP support race 1st place Snetterton July Race 2 - 1st place Goodwood July Race 4 - 2nd place Silverstone NSCC August Race 6 - 3rd place Charterhall 15th August 2 litre sports cars - 2nd place Brooklands Memorial Trophy Won by Cliff Davis Goodwood Nine Hours August 9th place AMOC at Snetterton September Sports Cars up to 2000cc - 1st place Crystal Palace September Sports cars 1.5 - 2.5 litre race - 2nd place Oulton Park September 1.5 to 2.5 litre race - 2nd place Castle Combe October Over 1.5 litres - 5th place Goodwood Revival Results 2004 Madgwick Cup - Winner 2010 Madgwick Cup - 2nd place

Lot Details
Auction Cars
H&H Sales Limited, Canary Wharf
TypeCar
Lot Number-
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1953
Condition rating
Registration numberLOY 500
Mileage-
Chassis numberTAD155
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2000
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors