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HSV owner buys Elfin

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HSV owner and motorsport identity, Tom Walkinshaw has purchased iconic Aussie marque Elfin… And has big plans for the sportscar builder.

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The owner of HSV and other key automotive performance operations around the globe, Walkinshaw purchased the tiny Australian marque earlier this month. The purchase follows an eight-month consultative period during which Walkinshaw staff have revamped Elfin's production processes and helped secure ADR compliance for the iconic sportscar maker's Holden V8-powered Clubman and Streamliner models.

Elfin will continue to operate from its premises in Braeside in Melbourne's south east, but will sell its cars across Australasia, the UK and other export markets.

Established in 1956 and producing its first car in 1957 (next year will be the marque's 50th anniversary), Elfin has been under the tutelage of partners Nick Kovatch and Bill Hemming since 1998. Kovatch will stay with the new operation as its Technical Director, however, Hemmings is leaving to pursue other interests.

Though the company was known in enthusiast circles for its traditional four-cylinder Lotus 7 style sportscars, Elfin shot into the media spotlight when the V8-powered MS8 Clubman and Streamliner were launched on the Holden stand at the Melbourne Motor Show in March 2004.

Penned by Holden and now GM styling guru, Mike Simcoe, the cars have been an on-again off-again project since… At least in the eyes of the general public.

Edited by douglask

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