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History of the name

Anyone interested in sports racing cars is likely to be aware of Lotus, Cooper and Lola, but may be less certain at the mention of 'Elva'

However, the 'Elva' badge was to be found on nearly one thousand racing, sports racing and road going cars, many of which were exported to the United States. The original workshop was located in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex but later moved to a new large purpose built factory in nearby Hastings, and then to Rye.

Eventually the manufacture of Elva Cars moved to Croydon following a takeover from the Lambretta-Trojan Group and the Sedlescombe Road North, Hastings site became vacant. The area was redeveloped and provided a base for the Elva Recovery Service, holding on to the historic local name. The Esso Elva Service Station remains.

More can be found about Elva Cars at www.elva.com

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