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1965 Elva MkVIII BMW Sports Racer SOLD

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Serial Number: 80/005
Logbooks: SVRA
Condition: excellent
Price: $100,000 $85,000 USD
Location: Connecticut, US
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Subsequent to it's purchase by the current onwer in 1992 a full restoration by Elva Racing Components U.K. and Vintage Racing Services Inc. USA was completed to correct original specification. The car was very solid and original when acquired (photos available).

During it's current ownership is has been professionally maintained throughout (receipts available) with no expense spared. Mechanically fresh and ready for a season's racing. Complete winter maintenance included full suspension crack test, primary and spare engine rebuilds, transaxle disassemble and reconditioning, brakes resealed, chassis check/repair, full alignment and misc. cosmetic and detail improvements.

The car is accompanied by a complete spares package to run a season including a fresh, spare 215 Bhp BMW short block.


The Mark VIII is the last in a long line of Elva Sports Racers. Based on the highly successful MK VII and VIIS, the Mark VIII took then state-of-the-art technology one step further. Though sold without engine and never officially campaigned as works models (the company was in dire financial straights with the mark VIII their last pre-receivership model), the cars were very successful in the US where Carl Haas spearheaded the effort. They featured rocker arm front suspension, advanced aerodynamics, rigid chassis design and a number of other innovations putting them a notch above the Lotus 23s and other 2 liter and under competitors of the day.

Originally imported to the US through Carl Haas, 1 of 12 produced.
1966-73 (mid Atlantic SCCA) among others.
1973-87 languished with a reported 3 owners unused.
1987-92 owned by Mike DiCola, no restoration undertaken.
1/92 Acquired by present owner

Recent Competition History

Numerous events (approximately 50) with many first in class finishes. Reliable with few DNFs and a number of enduro finishes to it's credit. 1 accident, Summit Point, May 1994 resulting in primarily cosmetic damage.


Fuel System

Oil/Water System

Electrical System


Final Drive





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