1953 Tojeiro MG The Leonard Special - LOY 501 One of the most famous, if not "THE" most famous MG's ever raced by privateers
John Tojeiro was born in Portugal but relocated to England when he was very young. That move was important because after World War II, in which John served, England would become a hotbed for race car building.
Tojeiro made his name as a chassis engineer and once he was established, customers were contacting him and commissioning him to build one-off race cars. Tojeiro’s first car was powered by a Bristol engine and the body was supposed to look like a Ferrari 166 MM. Shortly after that, Tojeiro built two or three MG powered cars with a similar body. This is one of those cars.
The engine is a 1.5-liter MG straight-four, power output unknown – but likely less than 125.
This Car can be seen as the Prototype of the AC Ace which later became the AC Cobra. So Shelby Cobras can directly trace their origin to this car