I think this car is best described by the opening line in Chapter Eight of Nick Walker’s excellent book on Alvis Speed Models in which he simply observes that “The 4.3 litre is the largest Alvis car engine ever made and it powered some of their fastest and finest cars”! I could stop there as that sums it up perfectly but you probably want to know more about this particular example. I will start by telling you that it is car number 18852 on chassis number 13185 with engine 14215 and is one of 70 saloons bodied by Charlesworth out of a total production run of only 166 4.3 litre cars. We have a 4.3 Litre Register history of the car which notes that it was supplied by Follets in February 1937 and was in the hands of two people before the present owner’s father bought it in 1956. He subsequently passed it on to his son who kept it until 1968 when it went to America. In 1988 the opportunity arose to buy it back which he did and has kept it ever since. By the way it only covered about 4,000 miles during its 20 year stay in the USA! There are a significant number of invoices and letters relating to the car which can be inspected in its history file. One set of documents dates from the fami
gavin mcguire alvis 4300cc restored 1937
One of Britain’s most beloved marques is back in production – 50 years a...