1957 Elva MK IIB

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This rare aluminum Elva MK IIB is one of  four MKIIB’s built by the Elva Engineering Company at the London Road, Bexhill, workshops during 1957.  It was originally owned and driven by Millard Ripley.  The car competed in the 1958 Sebring 12 Hours with William Milliken, Cameron Argetsinger, and Ripley behind the wheel. It was the highest finishing Elva in that race.

The car has spent most of its recent years in private collections having seen little track use which has protected the many original features. It was raced by UK guest driver Allan Miles at a Mid Ohio event in the mid 1980’s, and later appeared at the 35th ELVA anniversary meeting at Road Atlanta in 1990. Since 1990 in storage,

The motor most likely is fresh, compression even at 175. Starts up immediately and runs smooth without typical climax, chain and gear noise. No sign of leaks.  The doors operate perfectly and have the original latches.

Sometime during its early racing career , car had a narrow roll hoop, full width windscreen, tonneau cover with Dzus fasteners

  • Chassis number 100/34
  • Original chassis ID plate (verified by Elva )
  • Original frame is in excellent condition
  • Original brass radiator
  • Proper MGA gearbox
  • Koni shock absorbers
  • Coventry Climax FWA motor
  • Original hand brake and cable
  • FIA spec spare tire holder
  • Original finned aluminum drum brakes (excellent inside and out)
  • Original 48-spoke 15″ wire wheels ( spare included)
  • Bolt in roll-bar, full width roll bar included ,
  • Legs for original small roll-bar are present, easy to install a narrow drivers side roll bar
  • Original head lamps (including original Lucas glass and housing)
  • All body panels appear to be original except center of rear clam shell
  • Original parking brake handle and cable
  • Original seats
  • Original steering wheel
  • Full original type Lucas generator and regulator
  • All suspension arms appear to be original and excellent

Items replaced sometime during storage:

  • New Tilton brake bias assembly
  • Two Girling brake master cylinders
  • New brake shoes (all four corners)
  • New wheel cylinders (front wheels)
  • New Koni shocks (dampers), all four
  • Dunlop L series tires, look very good, full tread , not driven

Items Replaced 2016:

  • Fuel cell bladder, foam and pick up tube
  • Fuel flush (three new lines)
  • Battery
  • Improved ground cables
  • Oil filter (old filter cut and inspected, very clean, no debris found)
  • Generator belt


         Original metal fuel tank