1964 Porsche Elva MK VII
Sports-Racing Two-Seater

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Lot 255
1963 Elva Porsche Mark VIIS/L
Chassis no. 70P/044L Engine no. 692/3

€ 140,000 - 160,000
US$ 150,000 - 180,000
1963 Elva Porsche Mark VIIS/L
Chassis no. 70P/044L
Engine no. 692/3
During the mid-1960s the British Elva Mark VIIS rear-engined sports-racing car built a terrific reputation for itself within the medium-capacity road racing classes, most often using BMW 4-cylinder engines, but – at the top of the range – exploiting the light weight, power and reliability of the Porsche Typ 547 and 771 engine and gearbox. The Typ 547/5 unit was regarded as the ultimate and strongest 4-cylinder engine, originally 1587cc but subsequently enlarged closer to 1700cc and 183bhp.

This particularly attractive example - one of only some 19 Elva-Porsches believed to have been built - is understood to have been the only left-hand drive Mark VIIS car to be built new at Elva Cars Ltd’s Rye factory, in Sussex, England. Its ‘L’ chassis serial prefix, however, indicates ‘Long’ since the original customer had specified the slightly longer wheelbase necessary to accommodate the alternative – and more expensive – Porsche engine and gearbox aggregate.

The car was initially completed at Rye in April, 1964 and it left the Elva works as a rolling chassis without engine or gearbox. It was finished in silver livery, fitted with 6-inch wide front and 7-inch wide rear Elva cast-alloy wheels and was shipped to Swiss hill-climb specialist Sepp Greger.

To his order, the Porsche factory - with which he had long been connected - then installed a Typ 771 engine/gearbox assembly and Sepp Greger subsequently proved to be one of the most effective private-owners competing in the 1964 FIA European Mountain Championship series. This was a ferociously contested competition catering for up to 1600cc and 2-litre sports cars, and it became the arena for some fantastic rivalry between the Porsche, Abarth and Ferrari factory teams. Qualifying rounds were run on some of the most spectacular and challenging everyday mountain roads in Europe, including such classic venues as the 13-mile Mont Ventoux climb in France, Ollon-Villars in Switzerland, Freiburg-Schauinsland, Rossfeld in Germany and Trento-Bondone in Italy.

At that time the Porsche competition department had invested so heavily in design and development of its 904GTS coupé racing design that its road-racing Spyder models had become outdated. As a stop-gap to contest the Mountain Championship Porsche bought an Elva Mark VIIS of its own into which they installed nothing less than a flat-8 air-cooled works engine, developed from the Formula 1 Grand Prix winning unit of 1962. In 1964 works number one driver Edgar Barth won the Rossfeld climb in that car, and in 1965 it was campaigned for the factory by Herbie Muller.

Meanwhile we understand that Sepp Greger drove his 4-cylinder Elva-Porsche to 4th place in class at Freiburg, 3rd overall at Mont Ventoux and Rossfeld and 6th at Trento-Bondone. After this successful European Mountain Championship career, Greger then sold the car to American-based Porsche specialist Vasek Polak from whom it was acquired by well-known SCCA circuit racer Ed Templeton of Virginia Beach. After some years in his ownership the car passed subsequently to the Matsuda Porsche Collection of Japan and more recently to its current German owner in January 2000.

The present owner has since had the car restored and prepared by his own mechanic. It is currently fitted with a plain hearing Typ 692/3 engine with two litre pistons and a Typ 718 gearbox for increased user friendliness in “social” events, but a spare Typ 547/5A race engine is available separately. The car has current FIA papers and is “on the button”, ready to be driven.

This car may be imported to the EU by French or Monegasque residents at a preferential VAT rate of just 5.5°or alternatively by any EU resident via Great Britain at a preferential VAT rate of just 5º

Cette Elva-Porsche particulièrement réussie – l'une des 19 à avoir été, dit-on, fabriquées – serait le seul exemplaire Mark VIIS à conduite à gauche à avoir quitté l'usine Elva Cars Ltd. en Angleterre.

Initialement fabriquée à Rye en avril 1964, elle a quitté les ateliers comme châssis roulant, sans moteur ni boîte de vitesses. Peinte en argent, équipée de jantes alu Elva 6" à l'avant et 7" à l'arrière, elle a été livrée à Sepp Greger, spécialiste suisse des courses de côtes. A sa demande, l'usine Porsche a installé un groupe moteur/boîte de vitesses Typ 771 avec lequel son propriétaire s'est révélé être l'un des coureurs privés les plus efficaces lors du Championnat de Montagnes Européen FIA de 1964.

Sepp Greger a mené son Elva-Porsche 4 cylindres à la 4e place à Fribourg, à la 3e au Mont Ventoux et à Rossfeld et à la 6e à Trento-Bondone. Après cette belle carrière, il a vendu sa voiture au spécialiste Porsche américain Vasek Polak qui l'a, à son tour, vendue au célèbre coureur de circuit Ed Templeton. Après quelques années, elle a de nouveau été vendue à la collection japonaise Matsuda Porsche et, plus récemment, à son propriétaire allemand actuel qui l’a fait restaurer par son mécanicien.

Cette voiture peut être importée par des résidents Français ou Monegasques à un taux de TVA préférentiel de 5,5u pour tout autre résident de la CE via la Grande Bretagne à un taux de TVA préférentiel de seulement 5º
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