1959 Elva MK5

Sports Racer

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1959
  • Car type 
    Convertible
  • Chassis number 
    100/94
  • Engine number 
    1490 c.c. Coventry C
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    White with Blue Stripe
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1959 Elva Mk V Sports Racer

Chassis no. 100/94

Frank Nichols' first Elva sports-racer was built in 1954 and was designed by Mick Chapman. The cars competed immediately and successfully, against the similar small displacement Lotus sports-racers of Colin Chapman. Its success encouraged Nichols to emulate its design with the first few Elva live rear axle sports-racers. Mk II featured a deDion rear axle, and the Mk IV had fully independent suspension and was the first Elva with a tubular space frame.

Nichols continued small displacement sports-racer development with the Mk V, the ultimate front-engined, drum-brake Elva sports racer. Only thirteen were built, but with power from the magnificent Coventry-Climax FWB single overhead camshaft engine, they were the equal, if not the better, of Chapman's Lotus 11 in England, Europe and the U.S.

This particular cars is Elva Mk V chassis 100/94. Front-engined with independent rear suspension and

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