Rare as Hen’s Teeth #2


Emerging from the shoestring budgeted British club racing scene of the 1950s, Elva cars was the brainchild of Frank G Nicols – who successfully raced at Goodwood throughout that austere decade — and began marketing special road-going racers for customers after some notable success.

The name Elva is apparently a corruption of ‘elle va’ meaning ‘she goes’ in a variety of latin languages – and no matter how quaint this story is, the brand was seen on around a thousand sports racing and road going cars.

Whilst the most famous and popular Elva Models was the Courier – for us their most interesting creation was the GT160 coupé – of which just three were built. The car stood just just 40″ high and was based on a BMW racing car chassis, with a body by Italian coach builder Fissore.

One of the three was offered for sale last year. A slice of English auto history, and a pretty one at that…