Lot 236 - 1934 12840 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Drop Head Coupé

Lot 236 - 1934 12840 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Drop Head Coupé

Lot 236 - 1934 12840 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Drop Head Coupé

Lot Number 236
Registration AYF 92
Chassis Number 11221
Engine Number 11671
Estimate £70,000 - £85,000
Result Sold - £95,200

The Alvis Speed 20 SB model was launched at the London Motor Show in 1933 as a replacement for the SA model. The SB model had a slightly longer chassis, a built in jacking system and incorporated independent front suspension. Moreover, the gearbox gained an all synchromesh unit and P100 headlights were fitted as standard adding to the sporting appearance of the car. The SB retained the lightness of the SA and was therefore able to retain the same power unit; later models became heavier and required larger engines. Of the 375 SB units manufactured, only 36 Vanden Plas Coupés were made.

Today, we are proud to offer this rare Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Open Tourer first registered on the 24th March, 1934 and supplied by Charles Follett Ltd, 18 Berkley Street, London, W1. Still retaining its original Vanden Plas layout, this Speed 20 is believed to have had only three keepers over the past 60 years of its 79 year life, including the current owner. Although the current registration V5 document states that the previous owner, a Mr. D. G. Newport, Chartered Building Surveyor, acquired the vehicle at first registration in 1934, a copy of the old style continuation log book shows another owner prior to him, a Mr. F. T. Jackson; there may have been more prior to this. It is believed that Mr. D. G. Newport acquired the Alvis in 1957. During this ownership, the car was extensively restored between 1998 and 2004 with the coachwork and paint being taken care of by the Alvis specialists, Walker Radiators of Lancashire. With Mr. D. G. Newport's background, great attention to detail was adhered to during this restoration with detailed drawings and photographs taken, referred to and accompanied by beautifully hand-written letters, all of which reside in the large history file along with the many invoices.

Sadly, in Mr. Newport's later years, the Alvis was little used until discovered and purchased by the current owner in 2008. Only light re-commissioning work was required; these works included a service, a rebuilt magneto and a re-trim to the original design. The original 12 volt electrical system, supplied by two six volt batteries has been converted to be supplied by a single 12 volt battery.  The original semaphore indicators are present but disconnected; turning information now supplied by auxiliary units at the rear and indication incorporated into the wing mounted side light units to the front. The hood and assembly is in good order and operates well and correctly. On a recent test drive, the Alvis started easily and moved into all gears without problems. All gauges registered as they should and importantly the car drove well in a straight line and without any undue wavering on the road.

Today, this Alvis Speed 20 SB looks resplendent in the colour combination of grey with red leather. It is regularly used where it always attracts attention, in fact, it won the Southern Classics Society 'Pride of Ownership award' in 2009 and more recently this year, it was voted 'Best Classic Car' at Tangmere. UK registered and with historic road fund licence valid until the end of June 2014, the vendor assures us that although not required, this Alvis will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. With a realistic estimate, this must represent an ideal opportunity to acquire a rare and extremely sought after pre-war Alvis.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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