The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
5/16/17 2:16 p.m.

Life was different in 1952. A third of the families in the U.S. had no telephone, and just three out of five owned a car. A couple of big newsmakers that year were Dwight D. Eisenhower’s election as president of the United States and the maiden voyage of Britain’s De Havilland Comet 1, the first commercial jet liner.

Some big news for car enthusiasts also took place in 1952, as Carroll Shelby ran his first road race that May. He drove a dark green 1949 MG TC to a first-place finish at an event in Norman, Oklahoma.

John Tojeiro, whose name eventually became tied to Shelby’s, was also launching a career during the early ’50s. Tojeiro was born in Portugal, but brought up in England. After serving as an aircraft engineer with the British Fleet Air Arm during World War II, he began building cars in 1950. One of his first customers was Brian Lister, who later created his own Lister-Bristol and Lister-Jaguar sports and racing cars.

In 1952, a significant event occurred in Tojeiro’s life: He built No. LOW 77, the car that would become known as the Tojeiro-MG. Constructed at Tojeiro Cars, located in the village of Barkway about 35 miles outside London, LOW 77 was part of a three-car run. All of the cars were sports racers featuring one-off body styles similar to the Ferrari Barchetta; the other two examples were LOY 501—which, like LOW 77, was MG-powered—and LOY 500, which was Bristol-powered.

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TeamEvil
TeamEvil Dork
5/16/17 4:52 p.m.

Neat nose treatment, at first glance has a little AC Ace to it . . . maybe just a smidge.

LOVE to maybe duplicate that nose in fiberglass for my MGA project.

wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy Dork
5/16/17 5:28 p.m.

Bee-yooo-te-ful.

frenchyd
frenchyd Reader
5/21/17 10:05 a.m.

In reply to The Staff of Motorsport Marketing: I believe I saw this car (pre-restoration) racing with myself and Sir Stirling Moss in the 1986 Bahama vintage event with it's then 87 year old owner. He did a magnificent job of avoiding the massively faster cars and yet getting everything he could out of that little XPAG engine.. I'll have to find my video to confirm details..

If it was this one he drove the car from New England (in the very late fall) to the Bahama's raced and returned.. A proper vintage racer!

759NRNG
759NRNG Reader
5/22/17 5:41 p.m.

Just recently viewed a repeat of 'chasing classic cars' where Wayne C is running the elegant 1958 Tojeiro Climax in a hill climb event in Pennsylvania. John T definitely had the eye for that special 'look'.

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