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Lot 259: Alvis Speed Twenty-Five Tourer

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Pre-war development of the six-cylinder Alvis culminated in the announcement of two new models for 1937: the 4.3-Litre and the 3.6-litre Speed Twenty-Five, both powered by new seven-bearing, overhead-valve engines. The cruciform-braced chassis were similar and embodied the kind of advanced thinking long associated with the marque: independent front suspension and a four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox - introduced on the preceding Speed Twenty - were retained, with the additional refinements of driver-controlled Luvax hydraulic dampers and servo-assisted brakes. On test with Autocar, the Speed Twenty Five demonstrated remarkable top-gear flexibility combined with a maximum speed of 95mph, and was found to possess qualities of, 'quiet running and general refinement in a striking degree.' Sturdily built and endowed with a generous wheelbase, the Alvis six attracted some of the finest examples of the pre-war coachbuilders' art, though the Speed Twenty-Five's initial chassis-only price of 775 meant that ownership was necessarily confined to wealthy connoisseurs. This Speed Twenty-Five was purchased by the late owner in 2001 and will be re-commissioned by Frenchay Garage of Bristol prior to sale following a period in storage. The car was originally bodied by Charlesworth as a saloon but the closed body was not serviceable and the decision was taken to re-body it with Vanden Plas-style tourer coachwork, which was constructed using traditional methods by Station Bodyworks of Birmingham. Frenchay Garage then took delivery of the Alvis. Since then the interior has been re-trimmed in black leather and all the instruments rebuilt, while the door cards will have been fitted by time of sale. Items needed to complete the restoration include a dashboard, windscreen glass (uprights in boot) and a hood (the frame is present). Its engine rebuilt and running well, this wonderful Speed Twenty-Five is MoT'd to June 2013 and requires only minimal work to finish it. Attractively priced, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5 document. Sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number259
Estimate£50000-£70000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£56000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£64220
Year1936
Condition rating3
Registration numberCVP 539
Mileage-
Chassis number13131
Engine number13581
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors