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

Full Description 

Lotus Twin Cam 1600cc Engine

Twin Weber 45DCOE Carburators

Dry Sump System with Aeroquip Hoses

MSD 6AL  Ignition (hidden behind seat)

Pertronix Distributor

Dual Fuel Tanks with Fuel Safe 8-gallon cells

SPA FireSense AFFF 4.0 Liter Fire System

Shocks: Double Adjustable QA1

Brakes Calipers:

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)

Paint Colors:

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.

1964 ELVA Mk7-S - Lotus Twin Cam Powered