Elva race cars had a strong reputation in America because the company’s founder, Frank Nichols, said he was in the business of selling cars, not racing them. In Europe it was a case of private Elvas against works cars from the likes of Lotus, whereas in America, SCCA racing gave Elva a level playing field and its sports cars were immensely successful there.
The Mk7, however, enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic. Porsche supplied engines to Elva, a very rare instance of the German firm supplying another manufacturer, and a Porsche-engined Mk7 took a debut win in the 1963 Road Atlanta race, one of the most important on the American calendar. Porsche also bought two Mk7s, one of which was fitted with a 2.0-litre flat-eight engine. That car was driven to second place in the European Hill Climb Championship by Herbert Müller and subsequent Porsche competition cars bore distinct signs of having been influenced by it. In Europe the Mk7 normally had a 2.0-litre BMW engine and Tony Lanfranchi won the 1964 Autosport Championship with one. Elva brought BMW back into motor racing and was the only company apart from Abarth to be permitted to use Porsche engines.
The Elva Mk7 was the best under 2-litre sports-racer of its day, and this example, chassis # 70/041was manufactured in 1964. It underwent a restoration in 2012, including shocks, fuel cell, on board fire suppression equipment, springs, half shafts, wiring, racing seat, gauges, and paint. This professional restoration was completed by Steelwings Inc, in Ivyland, PA.
Powered by a Lotus Twin Cam engine built by Ted Wenz of Savannah Race Engineering, the dyno report indicates 207hp at 7,900 rpms. There are approximately 14 hours on this rebuilt engine. It has the reliable Hewland Mk9 5-speed transaxle prepared by Taylor Engineering, and a Quaiffe Limited Slip Differential.
This car is well-prepared and ready for the racetrack. It only has 15 races since the complete restoration in 2012
Lotus Twin Cam 1600cc Engine
Twin Weber 45DCOE Carburators
Dry Sump System with Aeroquip Hoses
MSD 6AL Ignition (hidden behind seat)
Dual Fuel Tanks with Fuel Safe 8-gallon cells
SPA FireSense AFFF 4.0 Liter Fire System
Shocks: Double Adjustable QA1
Girling AR Front
Girling NR Rear
Springs: 225lbs Front, 325lbs Rear
Hard Wired Transponder
Sabelt Silver Series A622 Formula FIA Harness, new in 2019
Braille Battery Model 2618 26AH with spare
Oil Tank 110volt pre heater
Composite Front (Carbon) and Rear (Kevlar) Bodies
Elva Magnesium Wheels on car
Front: 6” x 13”
Rear: 7” x 13"
Quick Release Steering Wheel
Straight pipe 4-1 exhaust system plus 4-1 collector and pipe with Burns Stainless Steel Muffler
Avon ACB9 A25 Compound tires with 3 races
Front: 5.0/22.0 - 13
Rear: 6.5/23.0 - 13
Stack Chronometric Tachometer (0 - 10,000)
Racetech Oil Pressure Gauge
Racetech Oil Pressure Gauge
Racetech Water Temperature Gauge
3 Log Books (1985 - 2019)
Red Dupont #253430KM
Yellow Dupont 230278KM
Spare Hewland gear sets, dog rings and misc. parts
Spare Body Parts: 1 front and 1 rear
Spare (4) Magnesium ELVA Wheels
Other Misc parts (on request)
With an asking price of only $99,500, this is a lot of very competitive vintage racing fun for the money! Contact us for more information or to arrange an inspection.