Posted: Feb 2012 (now sold)
Elva MkVII, chassis number '70/003' (now sold)
This Elva MkVII, chassis number '70/003', was completed on 19th March 1963 and originally fitted with a Coventry Climax FWA1100 engine (number '11079'), Koni dampers, Hewland Mk4 five-speed gearbox, ducted brakes, optional handbrake and painted white. It was immediately exported to the USA and sold to Gordon Heald of Babson Park, Massachusetts by importer Carl Haas. The car was probably first raced by Heald at the SCCA National meeting in Virginia on 27th April 1963, finishing 8th. Heald raced the Elva through to at least 1966, winning the SCCA Northeast Divisional Championship in 1965. Other noteworthy results include 2nd in the American Road Race of Champions at Daytona Speedway in November 1965 and 3rd in the American Road Race of Champions at Riverside International Raceway in November 1966. In 1971 the car was sold to Mr S A Gilliland of Fairfield, Connecticut, who raced with the SCCA on the USA's East Coast. Mr Gilliland's accompanying SCCA logbook shows that the car ran in various races between May 1972 and February 1974. During this period it was modified with flared wheelarches and wider wheels, and it is likely that the Lotus Twin-Cam engine and Hewland Mk8-9 gearbox were fitted at this time. In February 1977 the car was sold to James Tears, remaining in his ownership until 1984 when it passed to Chuck Haines of St Louis, Missouri.
Its next owner, from February 1984, was William 'Jerry' Gordon of Chicago, Illinois, who raced with the VSCDA in the Mid-West USA. Jerry had the car professionally maintained by Baurle Autosport and Paradise Motorsport, as invoices on file totaling approximately $92,500 demonstrate. In September 1995 the Elva was sold to Tom Snellback of Lake Bluff, Illinois. An historic car racer and proprietor of 'The Last Detail', a specialist classic and sports car preparation and repair business in Lake Bluff, Snellback also raced the car with the VSCDA in the Mid-West.
Between July 1996 and February 2004 the Elva was owned and raced in historic events by John Golanty of Wilmette, Illinois. Mr Golanty had the car maintained by International Classics and PHP Racengines (see invoices on file totalling in excess of $40,000). It is believed that at this time the car was modified to run a centrally placed water radiator and the side mounted fuel tanks were replaced with a single centrally mounted item.
In February 2004 the car was re-imported to the UK and was prepared for Racing by Wren Classics. After a few successful seasons the car changed hands again and is currently awaiting a full restoration.
The car is eligible for all manner of historic events including Goodwood Revival, Sports Racing Masters and HSCC Guards Trophy.