Elva Cars Manufacterers Register Logo

23 May 1962

ELVA is a name which has come to mean exciting sports-car motoring; a name which, in the last few years, has achieved fame on the international racetracks. It is derived, incidentally, from the French expression ‘elle va’ (she goes!)

And now Trojan Ltd., which has been part of the British motor industry for half a century, is proud_to announce the ELVA COURIER MARK III.

Popular demand for this roomy, well-mannered sports car has led to its transfer from a small factory at Hastings to the modern production centre of Trojan Ltd. at Croydon. Here the greatly improved Mark III two-seater will be coming off the line in ever increasing numbers for the markets of the world. While retaining all the basic design
characteristics of the earlier Courier models, it has been carefully tailored to Trojan’s flow-line assembly system. and high engineering standards.

The 105 m.p.h., disc-braked Mark III Courier -sleek, distinctive and always eager to go -is offered as either a fixed head coupe or an open sports two-seater with a neat hood that is easy to put up and down.

It is powered by the British Motor Corporation’s 1622 c.c. ‘B’-series engine as used in the M.G.A. and, with a light glass fibre body bonded to a sturdy, ladder-type chassis of large-bore tubular steel, it has a power-to-weight ratio so favorable that it is reflected throughout the car’s wide speed range.

The large-scale use of other B.M.C. components, including four­-speed gearbox, suspension, back axle and brakes, helps to ensure an exceptionally good spare parts service.

Apart from the fully assembled Couriers -which will be distributed through an ever-increasing dealer network -both versions are available in easy-to-build kit form for little more than the normal basic price.

The Courier is lavishly equipped and choice of body colours includes Mediterranean blue, hollyberry red and British racing green.
Duotone finishes are optionally available. 

Page from flier showing convertible Elva Courier and text promoting the sporty nature of the car
Photo from behind of an Elva Courier Coupe
Convertable and Hardtop Elva Couriers outside Trojan Factory
Photo of the front of an Elva Courier convertible with the roof down

COUPE

Two door, two bucket seats (plus occasional rear seat); one piece glass fibre moulding bolted and bonded to chassis frame making unit construction, corrosion and rust-free; laminated curved glass screen; forward hinging doors; lever type handles; winding windows; opening rear quarter vents.

OPEN SPORTS CAR

Two door; two bucket seats (plus small occasional rear seat); one piece glass fibre moulding bolted and bonded to chassis frame making unit construction, corrosion and rust free. Laminated curved glass screen in light alloy frame, forward hinging doors with lever type handles and winding windows; all weather protecting hood folding away behind front seats.

UPHOLSTERY P.V.C. Material

Separate front bucket seats giving good roll support, both tip up and adjustable for leg length; Dunlopillo padded occasional rear seat squab as extra on Coupe Model.

GENERAL EQUIPMENT

Two sun visors, prop tunnel ash tray; carpets;
drivers door locks externally;

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT: Internal. 

Courtesy light switched on from both doors; horn button on steering wheel boss; speedometer; rev counter and multi-gauge illumination lamps; main beam and sign warning lights; direction indicator warning light; combined ignition and starter switch; steering lever control head and dip switch, and self cancelling direction indicators, twin wind­screen wipers, self parking.

INSTRUMENTS.

Speedometer with trip milometer, rev counter, multi-gauge for fuel, oil pressure and water temperature.

CONTROLS AND SWITCHES.

Centrally grouped controls for choke, screenwipers, lights, master switch, panel lights, heater when fitted; screen washer, push button action; short central floor mounted gear lever; handbrake lever on left side propeller shaft tunnel.

Elva Courier dimensions
Elva Courier dimensions & fluid capacities

CHASSIS FRAME

Double backbone of steel box sections and square tubing, with side members and steel fioors to form rigid structure.

ENGINE, 1st Version, MGB

4 cylinders, capacity 1798 c.c. (109·6 cu. in.), bore 3.16 in. (80.26 mm.), stroke 3.5 in. (89 mm.), compression ratio H.C. 8.8-1, pistons, aluminium solid skirt, main bearings three thin wall type steel back copper lead, big end bearings, shell steel back copper lead, push rod operated overhead valves, chain driven camshaft, water cooling, pump circulation, thermostatically controlled fan blades 6(a’24°, pressure lubrication from rings to main bearings, big-end camshaft bearings, full flow oil filter.

ENGINE, 2nd Version, Ford G.T.112 High Performance

4 Cylinders, capacity 1498 c.c. (91 ·4 cu. in.), bore 3.1869 in. (80.97 mm.), stroke 2.860 in. (72·75mm.), compression ratio 9.0-1, pistons, solid skirt tinplated aluminium alloy, five main bearings of copper lead or lead bronze, big end bearings sintered copper lead or lead bronze, pushrod operated overhead valves, water cooling pump circulating, therm0­statically controlled, two fan blades, 11 in. dia. pressure lubrication from sump to main bearings, big-end bearings and camshaft, full flow oil filter.

TRANSMISSION 

MGB: Single dry plate diaphragm spring 8 in. dia. clutch. Ford G.T.: Single dry plate spring cushioned 7·25 in. dia. clutch. 

GEARBOX, MGB

Ratios

Overall Ratios

TOP

1.00-1

3.909

3

1.37-1

5.369

2

2.27-1

8.665

1

3.64-1

14.214

REV.

4.76-1

18.588

GEARBOX, Ford G.T.

Ratios

Overall Ratios

TOP

1.00-1

3.90

3

1.41-1

5.507

2

2.39-1

9.344

1

3.54-1

13.818

REV.

3.963

15.456

TYRES

Dunlop nylon cased high speed C.41 tyres are fitted as standard equipment, although alternative covers can be supplied by special arrangement.

SUSPENSION, Front

Independent by unequal wishbones low periodicity system; rubber bushes and nylon pivots; coil springs, controlled by telescopic direct acting hydraulic dampers; anti-roll bar. 

The Mk.4.S has the same front layout but the wishbones have been strengthened to take higher braking loads. 

SUSPENSION, Rear 

Mk.4 Riley 1 ·5 rear axle. 3·7-1 differential, controlled by telescopic direct acting hydraulic dampers; lateral location by A bracket; twin reaction arms and trailing links take care of the braking and acceleration forces. 

Mk.4.S Independent by unequal wishbones, controlled by telescopic direct acting hydraulic dampers, with slip jointed drive shafts. 

BRAKES

Mk.4 9in. dia. caliper discs front; 8″ x 1¼ single leading shoe drum brakes rear; total swept area 153·7 sq. in. operated by twin hydraulic master cylinders, mechanical handbrake. 

Mk.4.S 10¾ in. dia. caliper discs front; 9″ x 1¾ single leading shoe drum brakes rear, total swept area 211 ·5 sq. in. operated by twin hydraulic master cylinders; mechanical handbrake. 

STEERING RACK AND PINION TYPE 

16 in. three-spokes sprung wheel or wood rim wheel steering 3¾ turns lock to lock. Steering wheel collapses on serious impact, column is adjustable. 

BATTERY 

12 volt Exide 38 amp.hr. ordinary car duty battery. 

Trojan Limited Address
Page from flier showing the two engines to choose from for an Elva Courier, the 1800cc BMC B-Series Engine or the 1500cc Ford Cortina engine
Elva Cars (1961) Letterhead

ELVA - BMW GT 160 Specification

BODY:-

Fully enveloping aluminium coachwork by Fissore of Turin; incorporating headlights, side lights, stop and tail lights with sell cancelling trafficators. 

ENGINE:-

BMW 1991cc Single overhead camshaft 4 cylinder unit with dry sump lubrication. Power output 185 BHP at 7,200 RPM

TRANSMISSION:-

Five-speed Hewland Heavy Duty.

FRONT SUSPENSION:-

Independent by unequal length wishbones. Armstrong adjustable coil spring and damper units.

REAR SUSPENSION:-

Independent by unequal length wishbones and parallel trailing arms. Armstrong adjustable coil spring and damper units.

WHEELS:-

13″ Magnesium 6 stud fixing.

Rim sizes;- 6L Front. 7L Rear.

TYRES:-

Dunlop Racing 500 x 13 Front. 600 x 13 Rear.

BRAKES:-

10″ Girling disc with light alloy calipers and twin master cylinders. 

TRACK:-

Front 4′.2″. Rear 4′.2″

WHEELBASE:-

7′ 7.5″

GROUND CLEARANCE:-

4.5″

OVERALL LENGTH:-

12′ 6″

OVERALL WIDTH:-

5′ 0″

HEIGHT:-

40″

WEIGHT:-

1200 lbs. approx (dry).

PETROL TANK CAPACITY:-

16 Imp. Gallons (Long range tanks available)

COOLING:-

Pressurized system with twin radiators.

TRIM:-

Black leather or vynide. 

INSTRUMENTATION:-

Rev Counter, Speedometer, Water Temperature Gauge 1 Oil Temperature Gauge, Oil Pressure Gauge, Ammeter.

29th December, 1964.

MANUFACTURER STOPS PRODUCTION OF NEW ELVA-BMW GT COUPE

NEW ELVA-BMW GT COUPE 15% SURCHARGE SHELVES MOTOR SHOW SPORTS CAR SENSATION

The sports car sensation of the London and Turin Motor Shows, the new 40-inch high Elva-BMW GT 160, of which only five have been built so far, is to be shelved.

This decision was announced today by the Lambretta-Trojan Group of Companies, whose Managing Director, Mr. P. James Agg, said: “To produce this car in the first place, with its Italian coachwork and German engine, presented a lot of problems and with the introduction of the 15% surcharge the build program became even more expensive. In addition there was the hiatus over the new CSI ruling on ground clearance. Although now postponed for a year it nevertheless necessitates completely redesigning the suspension and transmission before the car can be acceptable for racing in the future. 

“To build the required 100 cars for homologation on the existing specification is, therefore, out of the question and because of this and the extra import duty we have decided to shelve the car for the time being. So world-wide is the interest in it, however, that we do not intend to abandon the GT altogether, but rather look to the removal of the surcharge when we hope to continue the build program with a greater U.K. content.

“Meanwhile our factory at Rye is fully committed on the production of the new McLaren-Elva unlimited capacity sports racing car and the 1965 2-litre Elva-BMW Mk.Vlll”

Elva BMW GT160
Elva BMW GT160 Side View
Elva BMW GT160 Rear View
Elva BMW GT160 Front View

This is the official website of the original Elva Cars (1961) Ltd

 
The original Elva Cars Ltd was made bankrupt.Peter Agg rescued the company and reformed it under the (1961) heading, ultimately owned by Trojan Ltd. This is the start of the real story of all its history of the Elva Courier, GT and early racing cars.The documents posted are a snapshot of an extensive archive held privately for over 35 years. Press this link to mclarenelva.com to read the next step in the story.
Trojan Ltd is grateful for the sterling efforts of the Elva Owners Club and its members over the years.
Front cover from a flier produced by the Elva Owners Club including a photo of an Elva-BMW Mk7'S' at Goodwood Motor Circuit
Page 2 from a flier produced by the Elva Owners Club
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