Elva Mk1 . Supplied new in 1955 during first year of production as a racing chassis, built by Frank Nicholas of London Road Garage, and completed with a Microplas Toledo body at the factory, for use in the 1100cc production sports car events that year. According to “Elva” by Janos Wimpffen, in which book the car is featured, it is probably the third chassis built. At that time, the body was modified and strengthened to accommodate a forward opening bonnet. Originally fitted with a linered down-sized side-valve Ford engine consistent with its “Elva 1100” badging. The tubular chassis still features its original, full Standard 8/10 front subframe, wishbones and bushes. During 1983 the car was rebuilt with 1970 Ford suspension uprights and disc-brakes, a 1300cc 711M crossflow engine (built by Wessex Racing engines), coupled to a 1600E gearbox and Mk2 Cortina rear axle, retaining the original suspension set-up. Its provenance includes being raced at the old Goodwood circuit, Brands Hatch, Gurston Down, as well as various hill climbs and sprints. Its last keeper owned the car for 29 years and had kept a large history file. We have just completed a programme of light restoration and the car is now ready for use.
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1955 Elva Mk 1 racing car
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