Speedshop 1

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Current page

165

Current page

166

Current page

167

Current page

168

Current page

169

Current page

170

Current page

171

Current page

172

Current page

173

Current page

174

Current page

175

Current page

176

Current page

177

Current page

178

Current page

179

Current page

180

Current page

181

Current page

182

Current page

183

Current page

184

Current page

185

Current page

186

Current page

187

Current page

188

Current page

189

Current page

190

Current page

191

Current page

192

Current page

193

Current page

194

Current page

195

Current page

196

Current page

197

Current page

198

Current page

199

Current page

200

Current page

201

Current page

202

Current page

203

Current page

204

When Sussex engineer Frank Nichols set out to build a range of low-cost sports racing cars, he decided to name his newly minted marque Elva as a derivation of the French “elle va” – she goes. And this example certainly does…

Current owner Paul Andrew, a former golf professional and enthusiastic amateur racer, bought the beautifully presented Courier a couple of years ago from Australian Ian Macdonald, with whom the car had demonstrated almost supernatural reliability by taking part in more than 100 races without registering a single retirement.

The fifth Courier built, it was acquired by Andrew in partnership with friend and novice racer Mike Holbrook, who died last year having succumbed to cancer – hence the reason for the car’s sale.

As a tribute to Holbrook’s co-ownership, however, Andrew’s son, Tom, raced the Elva in the Equipe GTS and Equipe pre-63 events at Silverstone last year, putting it on pole for both events ahead of numerous larger and more powerful Jaguar E-types, big Healeys and TVRs.

It really does live up to the giant-killing reputation that was established by Elva almost from the first days of production, when early models achieved hillclimb records at Prescott and Bodiam in the hands of Robbie-Mackenzie Low, while top drivers such as Archie Scott Brown and Carl Haas, Elva’s mid-west US agent, campaigned later cars with notable success.

The last front-engined Elva sports racer was the MkIV – which racked up outright or class wins in races such as the Sebring 12 Hours – after which Nichols turned to building the single-seater FJ100 Formula Junior car and then a rear-engined version, with an 1100cc MkVI taking second place at the Boxing Day Brands Hatch meeting of 1961 after being beaten only by Graham Hill’s three-litre Ferrari.

Nichols introduced the Courier as Elva’s road car offering in 1958, but the model soon proved successful on track with future star Mark Donohue cutting his teeth in one with wins in SCCA production championship events in 1960 and ’61.

Andrew says whoever buys his Courier “needs only to add petrol” in order to start realising the car’s competitive potential. Offered in immaculate condition, it runs a tuned MGA 1600 engine with steel three-bearing crankshaft, forged alloy pistons, twin one-and-three-quarter inch SU carbs and a close-ratio MGA gearbox, driven through an AP Racing paddle clutch to an LSD axle.

Also significant is the fact that the car is not only being offered with a comprehensive spares package (including an extra set of wheels), but also with a complete set of body moulds that will enable the various glass-fibre panels to be replicated quickly and accurately in the event of damage.

What’s stopping you?

In fact, what’s stopping me?

1959 Elva Courier. £35,000

On offer privately from Paul Andrew on 07770 315531 or by e mail:
[email protected]


In the market for British and unusual?

Here are four that highlight the ancient art of coachbuilding

 

Related articles

Related products