1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022

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Lot 432
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer
Chassis no. 70022

US$ 115,000 - 130,000
£ 92,000 - 100,000
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer
Chassis no. 70022
Elva beat Colin Chapman and Lotus to the track with a mid-engined sports-racer with 1961’s Mk VI. Typically Coventry Climax FWA-powered, the Elva Mk VI pioneered low frontal area “lay down” design that maximized the performance of small displacement engines and super light weight design.

The Elva Mark VI’s legacy characteristics, particularly the tall wheel arches necessitated by its 15” wheels and its drum brakes, limited its competitive life in the fast-moving evolution of sports-racing cars in the mid-Sixties. After only two years it was superseded by the Elva Mk VII, arguably Elva’s most successful sports-racer and a car that successfully challenged Chapman’s Lotus 23 in an era dominated by Britain’s specialist constructors.

Designed by Eric Marsden, the Elva Mk VII is almost impossibly diminutive, enclosing its driver under a low, sloping nose in an offset position that integrates the chassis, suspension and rear-mounted engine and transmission in as close to unity as possible. Disc brakes and 13” wheels accentuate the singularity of vehicle and road. It’s almost as if it were painted on the racing surface.

Built, prepared and maintained without regard to cost, the Andiamo Racing Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer offered here is an SVRA race-winning combination. Acquired from Hamish Sommerfield in 2006, it is powered by a Marcovicci-Wenz built 1.6 litre twin-cam Ford with Richardson head and valves that dynoed 210hp and 145 ft-lbf torque, the best the Long Island specialists had ever seen on a 1600cc Ford twin-cam. The engine has only five race weekends since built, of which two were not completed due to weather or non-engine mechanical issues. The chassis has been upgraded to Mk VII-S specs with heavier front uprights and 13x7 front and 13x8 rear wheels.

The transaxle is a Hewland Mk 5 with Mk 9 upgrades rebuilt by Taylor Race Engineering in October 2007 with new outer case, bearings and ring and pinion. It was disassembled and inspected in September 2008 with only one race since. 10-14 sets of gear ratios are included along with a gearing chart for various tracks.
The chassis was crack tested in 2007 at which time new aluminum panels, front uprights, brakes, wiring and shocks were fitted. Ohlin gas canister shocks are installed, with a full set of Koni adjustable shocks included. In addition to the lightweight rear fiberglass deck now fitted the original rear body and new right front quarter panel are included (to be picked up in Ohio).

Other spares and equipment include a water circulation system to pre-heat the engine, the original narrow-rim wheels and tires, restoration and preparation specs and receipts, the current VDCA/SVRA logbook and transponder. A Traqmate GPS data system, Chase camera and Sampson radio package adapted to this car are available by separate treaty.

This Elva Mk VII has lapped VIR at 2:08.3 and is the class winner at Sebring in 2008 driven by Alex Quattlebaum III. It has humbled vaunted Elva-Porsches and Elva-BMWs, out-running 2-litre competition on many occasions and has never been beaten by a Lotus 23. At Sebring in 2008 it sat on the outside of the front row after only 3 laps of practice..
Prepared to the highest standards of function and appearance, this is a successful mount for drivers who have the courage to go where others don’t dare.
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
1964 Elva Mk VII Sports-Racer  Chassis no. 70022
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