1969 ELFIN ME5 SPORTS RACING CAR - ONE OFF - GROUP A
The Elfin ME5 was a unique sports car built in Adelaide by Gary Cooper's team for Neil Allen to replace his Type 400.
Delivered new in October 1969, it was intended to be a more competitive proposition against Frank Matich's Repco V8 powered Matich SR4 and Bob Janes's similar engined McLaren M6 driven by John Harvey.
Gary Cooper's naming of the new car was basically 'M' for Monocoque, 'E' for Elfin and '5' for 5 Litre engine capacity.
Principal builders and designers at Elfin in South Australia were Ron Lambert and Tony Alcock, who at the time had just recently returned from the UK having worked for Brabham. Gary Cooper was also an integral part of the design team.
Powered by a Bartz modified 5.0 Litre Chevrolet V8 engine. Bartz engines had been used in the late 60's by McLaren in the U.S. and featured a steel crank, dry sump, alloy heads, roller rockers, Lucas mechanical fuel injection and mated to a Hewland DG300 5 speed transaxle gearbox.
This amazing Historic race car has been through quite a few hands since Neil Allen, including Peter Woodward, Charlie Occupenti, Don Elliot, Johnny Walker, Bill Marshall, John Blanden, Rick Otten, Dutton & Sons, Greg Lovett, Bob Minoque, Dutch born Harm Lagaay (Porsche's Chief designer at the time) and now it is in its current owners hands.
Considerable racing history is attached to this car, including competing at Spa, Elkhart Lake, Nurburgring, Daytona, Oschersleben, Melbourne GP circuit, Dijon, Zolder, Hockenheimring, Monza and Zandvoort.
There is an amazing collection of spares which go with the sale.
Available to admire on our showroom floor in Adelaide.
This is definitely not a car for the road and wont be started in the showroom, it is an awesome, pure and very historic race car.
We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide.
We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.