Australia's most expensive car book comes with car building tools

At $2750, you'll want a nice mantle to store Australia's most expensive car book!

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Australia’s most expensive car book, Elfin: The Spirit of Speed Ultimate Edition, takes the idea of a car book to the next level – all for the asking price of $2750.

The 704 page book weighs around 20 kilograms, and comes complete with a set of tools used by Elfin’s body makers over 70 years ago.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Elfin is an Australian sports car manufacturer that started producing race cars in the late ’50s.

More recently the brand is known for cars such the MS8 Streamliner, the MS8 Clubman and the T5 Clubman –anybody remember them from the Melbourne motor show in 2004?

Elfin drivers won 29 championships including six grand prix races in Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

The book covers the story of Elfin Sports Cars and is written through the eyes of those who were part of the journey of this iconic Australian manufacturer.

Presented in a wood and aluminium box, the package is wrapped with leather straps and a presentation plaque from Vern Schuppan’s Elfin MR8A-C.

Within the box is the book itself, plus body-making tools used by Elfin founder Garrie Cooper, and body-maker and designer John Webb. These tools were used to build actual cars in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

The book is published by one-time Elfin Sports Cars owner Bill Hemming, and written by motoring journalist David Dowsey.

Limited to just five units in total, four have been sold to date. If you feel like snapping up the last one, head to

It’s expensive, but it’s not the most expensive car book in the world. That title belongs to the Opus Enzo ‘Diamante’ edition. Finished with 1500 diamonds on the front, it carries an asking price of £166,000 ($305,000).

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