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1958 Tojeiro Climax 1100 Mk II
Registration Number 165FPF
Aston Racing Green with Dark Red Leather
In 1957, Richard Utley, looking for a competitive car for the 1958 season, sat down with Reg Tanner of Esso who suggested Richard contact John Tojeiro about building an 1100cc car. John had already built a prototype chassis, but it was far from complete. Chris Threlfall, who drove a Tojeiro and acted as part time mechanic for John at races, was also interested. They each agreed to buy one. The rolling chassis were shipped to Maurice Gomm for the bodies to be built.
Over the early part of the racing season, many of the bugs were ironed out and the MK II was constructed to address the issues. Chris sold his car to Jim Fiander and purchased the new MK II, bearing registration number 165FPF. With the initial orders and the bugs worked out, John thought that he could mass produce the car, hired Richard Utley as shop manager, and set up a facility (Tojeiro Automotive Developments) in Maurice Gomm’s building to build them. Maurice built extra body parts in anticipation of a production run. When production failed to materialize, the extra Tojeiro noses were modified and used in the first Lola prototypes.
History of 1958 Tojeiro Climax 1100 Mk II Registration Number 165FPF:
The first Mk II was built without tail fins, and is the only original one to bear this particular body.
With the delivery of the first Mk II to Chris (this car), a decision was made to enter an 1100cc car at Le Mans. A new car was designed for this purpose, but would not be completed until right before the race. In order to provide practice to the race team of Tommy Bridger and Peter Blond, Chris’s car was borrowed by John Tojeiro and entered at Silverstone, May 13th, 1958. John leaked it to the press that this car was the car to be entered at Le Mans.
This car was also John Tojeiro’s press car and used the picture of it in his advertisements to sell more Tojeiro Climax 1100cc cars and reviewed in a Road Test by Motor Sports Magazine (UK) (the original magazine with the article along with an original advertisement sheet have been obtained).
Chris Threlfall raced 18 races in 1959, completing 16 with 4 firsts, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, and never lower than 6th. He then sold the car to P.I.M Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell, being an engineer, went through the car in detail and upgraded the VW gearbox to a Porsche gearbox, along with other upgrades. His notes and letters are extensive (and dated during 1960). After the rebuild he raced the car until selling it to Terry Southhall, who set the 1100cc lap time record with the car at Phillip’s Island. Bob Harborow purchased the car and owned it for 20 years, restoring the car and eventually selling it to Tom Price with an Ian Tate built FWB engine. The original 1100cc block, which was damaged (hole in the side), is still with the car.
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Sold on the 28.05.2010
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