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Lot 215: Elva Courier

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The Elva Courier was a result of the success story of Elva sports racing cars, built in small workshops in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, arguably the home of English motor racing.

It is generally known that in 1958, the American importer had suggested to Frank Nichols of Elva Engineering that a road going sports racing car to compete with AC and Lotus would be a worthwhile proposition in the States, and funds were forthcoming to produce an initial batch of thirty cars. Importer Walter Dickson was keen to get the cars in production and so Frank Nichols worked with a young Cambridge graduate named Peter Nott to design a suitable ladder frame chassis, ready to take a BMC 'A35' power unit.

The design progressed with the help of body stylist Tim Fry, and before long a prototype car was built with pretty aluminium panelwork by Williams & Pritchard. After some modifications, this car was used as the mould to enable glassfibre bodies to be fitted to the production cars that followed. The Elva Courier was intended to be competitive and to appeal to enthusiasts who could enjoy the performance on and off the racetrack.

This particular car was bought by the present vendor in 2004, when he proceeded to strip the chassis to its bare metal. This was then restored and totally rust proofed. The engine was rebuilt in 2005 and the car is currently offered in good condition. A fun practical sports car for the Summer.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number215
Estimate£8000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£11210
Year1960
Condition rating3
Registration numberTVV 801
Mileage-
Chassis number20025R
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2