1964 Elva-BMW MK VIIS Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. 70P/024

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Lot 209
1964 Elva-BMW MK VIIS Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. 70P/024

€ 80,000 - 90,000
US$ 90,000 - 100,000
1964 Elva-BMW MK VIIS Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. 70P/024


  • 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, as installed in this particular regularly-raced example offered here.

    We understand that this Elva-BMW is an ex Alain Mahé/Quinlou, Szyndelman car which was widely raced until 1997. It was acquired from Mr Szyndelman by the present vendor in November that year, after which the car was completely restored except for the body panels themselves which were judged to be “too good to replace”.

    This car was a class winner in the Oldtimer Grand Prix meeting at Nurburgring in 1998, before being prepared to compete in Historic long-distance events. As offered here it now features two custom-made Uniroyal moulded safety fuel tanks, a long-ratio Hewland Mark 8 transaxle and other desirable technical features.

    The car competed in the last ‘VdeV 2 Tours d’Horloge’ 24-Hour race at the French Circuit Ricard-Castellet, in which we are informed it set third fastest time overall. On that occasion its drivers were forced to abandon their race after 14 hours due to nothing worse than a lost exhaust pipe. While it was running this Elva-BMW had proved to be very quick indeed, its performance superior to that of several Chevron B8s for example which must be regarded as an important yardstick of relative market value.

    In the 6-Hour race at Spa-Francorchamps this car won its class and finished second overall in both the 1999 and 2000 events, having set a faster practice time than the monster American V8-powered Bizzarini and GT40s. Its fastest lap time at Spa was 2 mins 55.512secs.

    The car then finished third overall in the 2000 Jarama 12-Hours in Spain and second overall in the Gran Premio Storico at Jerez de la Frontera. It then won its class in the 2001 Oldtimer Grand Prix meeting back in Germany.

    This particularly attractive – and self-evidently highly competitive - Elva-BMW Mark VIIS is widely regarded as the most successful and competitive example of its type, and it represents an investment by its owner/driver over recent years of more than 100,000 Euros.

    These strikingly attractive and extremely potent ‘knife-edge nosed’ Elvas were perhaps the finest of all Elva constructor Frank Nicholls’ sports-racing car designs, and they made terrific impact in the mid-1960s with their compact, powerful and extremely torquey production-based BMW 4-cylinder engines, developed for them by specialist tuner Frank Webb. British racing driver Tony Lanfranchi was particularly successful with his Elva works-backed example, while other Mark VIIS cars were fitted most notably with Porsche flat-4 cylinder racing engines. Swiss star Herbie Muller finished second in both the 1964 and 1965 European Mountain Championship series behind the wheel of an Elva-Porsche Mark VII. The Elva company, of course, subsequently became a subsidiary of the Trojan Group, and the name was adopted for the early production McLaren-Elva Group 7 and CanAm sports-racing cars through 1965-66.

    Nous savons donc que cette Elva-BMW est une voiture ex Alain Mahé/Quiniou, Szyndelman qui fut intensément engagée en compétition jusqu'en 1997. Elle fut achetée à M. Szyndelman par l'actuel vendeur en novembre de cette même année, après quoi la voiture bénéficia d'une restauration totale à l'exception des panneaux de carrosserie jugés ‘en trop bon état pour être remplacés’.

    La voiture remporta sa catégorie dans l'Oldtimer Grand Prix au Nürburgring en 1998 avant d'être préparée en vue de participer à des épreuves historiques de longue durée. Elle est ici offerte avec deux réservoirs souples de sécurité spécialement moulés par Uniroyal, une boîte-pont Hewland Mark 8 à rapport final long et d'autres caractéristiques techniques appréciables.
1964 Elva-BMW MK VIIS Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. 70P/024
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