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Elva Mk VII, 1963
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Chassis #70/015

Engine: Lotus Ford Twin Cam 1600 cc

Carburetion: 2x Weber 40 DCOE

Transaxle: Hewland Mk 8/9 5 speed

Differential: Clutch type LSD

Frame: Tubular mild steel

Body Material: Fiberglass


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Overview:

 

The under 2-liter '60s sport racer grid is probably one of the most competititve and exhilarating in all of vintage racing, with very low lap times combined with the delicacy of small displacement and the safety of covered wheels. The Elva Mk VII and the Lotus 23 share the honor of being the most popular of the cars in this grid, combining excellent performance with reliability and easy maintenance.  This car is a very well sorted example, having been in single ownership and maintained by us for almost 20 years. 

History

 

  • Always west coast club racer.  An extensive history file is included.

  • Sold new by Carl Haas to C.W. “Buzz “ Appleby, San Jose CA, originally red with Climax FWA 1100cc engine.  The engine blew up in one of the first races and was replaced with an 1150cc Lotus Twin Cam engine.  Appleby was very successful through the 1965 season.  Then sold to Butch Owsley, also of San Jose, who raced it through 1967, then to “Bunny” Ribbs (Willy T Ribbs’ father) in 1968.  By 1973 it was owned by Jack Black, now with 1300cc Twin Cam per period Log Book, painted yellow.  Last logbook entry is Riverside Double National August 30-31, 1975, after that it was apparently put away.  Purchased sometime in the late 1980s by Norm Martin of Denver CO and sold to Thor & Donna Thorson as a restoration project in November 1987.  Restored to original specification with 1600 Twin Cam engine and raced in vintage competition since 1990.

Condition

 

  • Originally restored in the late 1980s, 70/015 has been professionally maintained by VRM since it was formed in 1989.  As “the Boss’s car” it has always been maintained to the highest standards and has had two bare chassis refresh rebuilds and multiple suspension rebuilds in its tenure here, with the most recent chassis refresh roughly 22 race hours ago.

  • The chassis has been extensively developed within the constraints of a historically acceptable Elva VII, with rose-jointed suspension, SPAX shock absorbers, carefully chosen spring rates, and chassis setup to provide a highly competitive yet comfortable and predictable racer.

  • VRM has rebuilt and maintained the engine as a conservative racing setup with an eye towards reliability and a broad power band for easy drivability.  It produces 150 HP at the rear wheels (roughly 170 at flywheel).
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