1959 Elva MK5

1960 Marlborough Six Hours Winner

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1959
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Silver Grey
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - The Nürburgring
Germany
Saturday 14 August 2010
Motor Cars at 16:00
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Registration Number: N/A Chassis Number: 100/93
It was after racing a CSM-Ford Special and Lotus 6 that Sussex garage owner Frank Nichols decided to build his own sports racing car. He chose the name Elva - an abbreviation of elle va, French for she goes - for the new machine which he had ready for the 1955 season. Employing Standard Eight/Ten front suspension, a live rear axle and rack and pinion steering, the chassis was completed without the aid of any drawings. Power came from Ford‘s four cylinder 1,172cc engine with an overhead valve conversion devised by one of Nichols‘ mechanics, which was also sold commercially to raise money for his racing endeavours. It was at Brands Hatch after one of the Elva‘s first races that Nichols was approached to build another example of his aluminium-bodied sports racer, and he duly set up Elva Engineering to meet