Mar. 5th 2012 – Auto of the day – Auto #4

1964 Elva Courier Mk IV T-Type

Serial Number: 1201
Condition: Excellent

Price:  US $48,500  Currency_Convert

Location: Ohio USA


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Description This is your chance to own what is undoubtedly the most successful and significant Elva Courier ever built. It is one of only two Factory Sebring Lightweight cars, and it is fully recognized by the Elva Registry. The car was originally built in July 1964 as one of two Trojan Elva team cars and was campaigned in the U.K. during the 1964 and 1965 seasons. It was returned to the Elva factory in late 1965 to be prepared for export to Carl Haas (U.S. Elva Importer) and at this time was converted to left hand drive. It was subsequently exported to Carl Haas in December 1965 and subsequently shipped to East Coast Elva dealer and noted racer Fred Opert so that he could run the car in the 1966 Sebring 12 Hours where it finished a very credible 25th overall ahead of many of the top factory teams and noted racers of the 1960�s (Mario Andretti, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez, Paddy Hopkirk, Briggs Cunningham, Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Bob Tullius, Eppie Wietzes, Bob Bondurant, etc). Subsequently it was raced very successfully throughout a long SCCA Club Racing history culminating with a win at the 2002 SCCA National Championship Runoffs where this incredible 38 year old war horse beat a field of modern sportscars with the latest available technology! The 2002 event featured National television coverage on SPEED channel with coverage by David Hobbs. A complete 15+ page packet of information is available to interested buyers that details the incredible history of this car.

Recent Competition History

Factory Race Car for the 1966 Sebring 12 hours (finished 25th overall!) and 2002 SCCA E Production National Champion. Long and successful Club Racing history in between.

Performance Data

  • Class:SCCA E Production,
  • Weight:1450 lbs
  • Track: 1:35 @ Mid Ohio, 2:09 @ Watkins Glen, 2:31 at Road America.


  • Engine Builder:Dave Headley
  • Type:1800 cc BMC dry sumped
  • Horsepower:195+
  • Induction:Twin 1.75� SU
  • Crankshaft:std/std Cryogenically treated
  • Connecting Rods:Carillo
  • Pistons:JE .040 over
  • Camshaft:billet
  • Valve Train:Titan high lift roller rockers
  • Flywheel:Custom lightweight steel with 7.25� Tilton clutch
  • Exhaust:Computer designed 3 into 1 system
  • All above is brand new with less than 1 hour test day run time

Fuel System

  • Fuel Cell
  • Manufacturer:ATL
  • Age:(new foam in 2006)
  • Capacity:8 Gallons
  • Fuel Pump: : Twin Holley pumps

Oil/Water System

  • Radiator:Custom Built Fluidyne aluminum
  • Oil Cooler: 15 row Mocal with Braided line throughout

Electrical System

  • Ignition:Electramotive 2 coil system
  • Alternator: No charging system currently installed


  • Manfacturer:Houseman
  • Type:dog-ring conversion
  • Gears:4 speed
  • Races: Test day time only

Rear End

  • Manufacturer:BMC
  • Type:Fully independent Elva Tru Trac rear suspension
  • Ratio:4.3
  • Differential:limited slip currently installed
  • Axles: Fast Forward billet rear halfshafts with CV joint conversion


  • Construction:Lightweight carbon/Kevlar body now installed
  • Color:Chrome Yellow
  • Also have the original bodywork (150 pounds heavier)


  • Type:Original Mk IV ladder frame
  • Finish:Grey Epoxy Paint
  • Condition:Excellent
  • Front Suspension:Fully adjustable for camber, caster, toe
  • Rear Suspension:Fully adjustable for camber, caster, toe
  • Shocks:New Penske double adjustables
  • Brakes:4 wheel disc (have the original Alfin rear drum assemblies).
  • Steering:BMC rack and pinion
  • Wheels:15 x 7
  • Tires: Goodyear


  • Color/Finish:: Black Powdercoat (newly redone)
  • Fire System:5 lb Halon
  • Guages:Autometer Tach, SW oil pressure, oil temp, water temp, fuel
  • Steering Wheel:Detachable �Personal� 3 spoke
  • Condition: Excellent


  • Original fiberglass bodywork,
  • front and rear suspension a-arms
  • Several different final drive ratios
  • the original pieces to return the car to stock/vintage configuration
  • miscellaneous �disposables� like clutch discs & brake pads
  • rear stub axels and CV assemblies

Description courtesy of:

Price: US$48,000

Value: $25,000 – 50,000

Comment: Amazing little historic racer, with 200BHP in a package this light it would be an extraordinary amount of fun.


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