But for the addition of a little frame strengthening, Elva Mk7s like this 1964 model would have ruled the world. It’s true. In 1963 Elva importer Carl Haas, Porsche distributor Oliver Schmidt and legendary designer—and father of the Mk7—Frank Nicholls headed to Road America with the first of 19 Porsche-powered Mk7s and beat every car on the track including Shelby Cobras, Ferrari 250 GTOs, Porsche 718 RSs and Lotus 23s. Sadly, however, the Elva’s exceedingly light frame was prone to flexing and, by the time the problem was fixed, the sports car racing world had advanced too far for the Mk7 to recover its race winning ways. The good news is that most MK7s have had their frames strengthened and now make for fantastic, historic and beautiful under 2 liter vintage race cars. Like this 1964 Mk7 which boasts Lotus Twin Cam power ands stands in racing tune. Mechanicals like the sidedraft weber carburetors, Hewland 5-speed transmission, aluminum fuel cells, and aluminum Koni Shocks appear to be in track ready condition with light patina on most surfaces. The body appears to be straight and freshly painted and the cockpit appears new. We love these cars for their fine balance and, after frame stiffening, their ease of use. If this were ours we’d change to more vintage appropriate plumbing and paint the bodywork something less Lotus-like. Perhaps Navy blue with white accents and wheels. Our paint preferences aside, this is a great car and can be found here on eBay in Middlefield Massachusetts with the reserve not yet met at $51,500.
Mighty Mite – 1964 Elva Mk7S
July 2, 2012 by Leave a Comment