I think it fair to say that Alvis Speed 20s must be counted amongst the best of English sporting cars made in the 1930s. Their powerful six cylinder engines were set deep in the chassis allowing low bonnet lines which gave these cars a more elegant outline than many of their more perpendicular competitors. As well as having very good six cylinder engines which were usually fed by three SU carburettors, from 1934 onwards the Speed models came with independent front suspension and very easy to use all-synchromesh gearboxes which gave them handling and driveability which was far ahead of most of their more traditionally designed contemporaries. They were all supplied in chassis form to be bodied by high quality coachbuilders such as Charlesworth, Cross and Ellis and Vanden Plas so they also had looks to match their performance and this particular 2.76 litre Speed 20 SC with its close-coupled Charlesworth four door four seat saloon body would have been regarded as a very special car to own in 1930s England. Its coachwork appears to be very sound and has clearly been professionally repainted in the recent past and the interior is delightfully original with the sort of patina you can onl
After over 25 years of ownership by its last owner this stunningly beautiful Speed 25 SC is on the market. Restored by Hightone Restorations in the mid 1990s, with engine rebuild. The car spent many years in Greece until the owner moved to Germany where the car was registered for every day use. An interesting history, having left the Alvis works and bodied as a Charlesworth saloon, it sustained serious damage, possibly by enemy action, during the war. In the late 40s the car was taken back to "The Alvis", where it was rebodied with Vdp coachwork. This Vdp body had been taken off a Speed 20 and was apparently, lying around the factory. Driven to me from Hamburg. When the next owner is found, the car will be registered with its original number, as seen in the photographs.
This Alvis 12/50 was built up as a special in the 1950's and 60's by Alistair Templeton. Shortened chassis. Twin SU carburettors. Light 4-seat tourer bodywork in fabric. Hood and tonneau, no side screens. Handles and performs well.
Very sound restored motorcar with lots of history. Goes well, with good turn of speed. Pre-select gearbox. Ideal for all weather.
A very nice and tidy Alvis 12/50, with typical 12/50 sporty performance. Original registration, supplied new in Scotland. Nice history. Rebuilt engine. All parts straight of the shelf. Ready for rallies, trials and the VSCC.
A super motor car with fantastic history and ready to go anywhere. Rebuilt engine. Rebuilt steering box. Re trimmed interior and hood. Wind-up windows. Very well cared for throughout its 85 years.
Started in 1917, Alvis began automobile production in 1920 and continued into the early days of World War II, resuming production in 1946. The first postwar Alvis had an overhead valve, 2993 cc inline six-cylinder engine, independent front suspension (something Alvis had pioneered in the early 1930s along with a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox) and hydraulic brakes. By 1958, the series had developed into the TD21. An evolution of the TC108G, it had bodywork based on a design by Graber in Switzerland but made by Park Ward in England, 115 brake horsepower from the straight-six, a four-speed gearbox borrowed from Austin-Healey, a front anti roll bar and front disc brakes. Suspension, like previous Alvises, was independent at the front with coil springs and a live rear axle with leaf springs. A particularly elegant, luxurious and expensive car, the Alvis was and still is a fine alternative to the Jaguars, Daimlers, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys that are so popular with enthusiasts. With just over 1,000 built, they are quite rare as well. This 1961 Alvis TD21 is a very pretty example finished in medium blue with a beige leather interior. It has chrome wire wheels, blackwall radial tires, a beautiful walnut dashboard and period correct AM radio. It spent some years in California after being brought to the US in 1976, and wears a 2000 restoration that included a repaint, chrome work and carpets. Included are receipts and service records that date back to 1972. Overall, it is a highly presentable automobile that is also mechanically sound and runs and drives very well. A sorted, pretty and rare Alvis, it is a fantastic car for long, pleasurable drives and to just have fun with.
Lowered price from €67.500 -> €63.950 The origin of the name Alvis has been the subject of a great deal of speculation over the years. Some have suggested "aluminium and vis ("strength" in Latin), or perhaps it may have been derived from the Norse mythological weaponsmith, Alviss. De Freville, founder of Alvis, rejected however vigorously all of these theories. In 1921, he specifically stated that the name had no meaning whatsoever, but was chosen simply because it could be easily pronounced in any language. He reaffirmed this position in the early 1960s, stating that any other explanations for the source of the name were purely coincidental. The first car model using a de Freville's engine was the Alvis 10/30. It was an instant success and established the reputation for quality workmanship and superior performance for which the company was to become famous. In 1936 the company name was shortened to Alvis Ltd , and aircraft engine and armoured vehicle divisions were added to the company by the beginning of World War II. Smith-Clarke designed several models during the 1930s and 1940s, including the six-cylinder speed 20, the Speed 25, and the Alvis 4.3 Litre model. Car production wa
Purpose built Alvis 4.3l Rally special, ready to take on the next Flying Scotsman and other endurance rallies. A promise for years of fun in this wonderful handling car with more than enough power. The car has been tested on many rallies and has been proven faultless. With it's synchronized gearbox it is very easy for every driver.
A well sorted sporting special with potential for competition. Fast road performance. Spare engine and supercharger to go with car. Recent engine and chassis work. Built up as a special in the 1980's. A write-up of the build is available, written by Chris Coote, the owner and builder at the time.
£89950 or near offer Originally registered as AUG 11 on the 8th December 1934, this unique Alvis Speed 20 SC Drop Head Coupe with matching numbers and original coachwork, was according to the factory record, ordered in chassis form by Bambers of Leeds, to their order it was bodied as a 3 position Drop Head Coupe by John Charles Limited of Middlesex to the design of Brainsbury Woollard, it is worth noting the overriders monogrammed BW and coach maker’s commission plate on the boot sill. Its early history is being researched, however by 1962 the second owner was Mr Sidney Richard Cain of Henley on Thames, who owned the car until 1982 when it purchased by Raymond R Sargeant also Henley on Thames. Around this time the registration was changed to FAS 40 During Ray Sargeant’s ownership the car underwent a complete chassis up restoration with new framework and panelling where appropriate. The worked was completed by Rob Green of Gloria Coachworks. Sold via Sotheby’s in 1984 to Mr Daouk of Richmond Surrey, following whom the Alvis was owned by Mr John Harris of Okehampton. During Mr Harris’s ownership the Speed Twenty underwent a cosmetic refresh which included a bare metal respray, and in
With much history, this 12/50 started life as a fabric saloon and was restored and re-bodied in the early 1980s to its present narrow 4 seat tourer configuration, similar to Cross & Ellis. The car has the performance one would expect from the 12/50 model and has over the years, seen much use in all sorts of events and competition. Sound and mechanically good, ready to drive anywhere.
This handsome sporting saloon, won a silver cup at the Olympia Coach Works Exhibition in 1933/34. The only Speed 20 body built by Mayfair to this design in 32, a similar body was, at the same time fitted to a Bentley. The first owner owned the car until 1952, the last owner bought her in 1968. Full history including continuation log book issued in 1946. The car has been off the road for some years, but is now on the button and runs superbly. P 100s as supplied by Alvis after first owner complained to Alvis that the P 80s fitted were useless at speed. Much used for competition and rallying including a Measham. A superb VSCC car.