Posted: Jan 2010 (updated Jul and Dec 2010) (now sold)
Ex-Team Elva Courier lightweight special, 1963 MkIII, Chassis E1087 (now sold)
Built as a factory supported lightweight for Team Elva Courier driver Malcolm Wayne in 1963 (Chassis E1087), this car took part in races across the UK that year, winning outright the Boxing Day GT race at Mallory Park. The second owner Peter West Manning raced, sprinted and hill-climbed it, and after a while, he reshaped the wings and arches and replaced the 1622cc engine with the 1798cc unit currently fitted. The car has retained the close ratio MGA box.
Bought as a barn-find by the current owner in 2003, and subject to a thorough 4 year rebuild. Now road legal (with the wonderful registration number ELV 321A) and again used for sprints and hill-climbs, primarily in the North of England. With 125-130 bhp, and 710 Kg this Courier is both fast and reliable, while the 50:50 weight distribution means it handles beautifully. Fully adjustable suspension, steel wheels for period appearance. Includes full weather equipment.
Achieved 2nd in the North West Speed Championship Classics class in 2009, including several class wins. It is usable on the road as well, and in June 2010 it took me and my wife 1000 miles to France and back, including competing in the prestigious St. Goueno Masters hillclimb. The car is great fun and has never let me down, however a new project means a reluctant sale. I'd like it to go to a good home, so someone else can enjoy having fun in this fine little car. It has an MoT certificate until April 2011, is fully compliant with UK motorsport regulations and is ready to go. To be sold with some spares and the full history of the rebuild (including all contacts and receipts).
Come and see it and make me an offer