Lot 347 - 1938 Alvis Speed 25 TSC three position DHC by Charlesworth
|Odometer reading||8,301 miles|
|Estimate||£120,000 - £150,000|
The Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. was based in Coventry from 1919 through to 1967 and, in addition to motorcars designed for the civilian market, they also produced racing cars, aircraft engines and armoured cars together with armoured fighting vehicles. After becoming a subsidiary of Rover in 1965, car manufacturing ended although armoured vehicle manufacturing continued. Alvis became part of British Leyland and then, sadly in 1982, was sold to United Scientific Holdings which renamed itself Alvis plc. The Speed 25 was manufactured between 1936 and 1940 and was widely considered one of the finest cars produced in the 1930s, replacing the Speed 20. The earlier car's six-cylinder, four main bearing engine was replaced in the Speed 25 with a similarly designed larger six-cylinder in-line unit with seven main bearings and could achieve100 mph. The clutch, flywheel and crankshaft were balanced together, minimising vibration. The cylinder head was cast iron and the pistons were of aluminium. Twin electric petrol pumps fed the triple SU carburettors, which were protected by a substantial air filter. Its beauty is also confirmed by the fact it is the only car to win the prestigious Ladies Choice VSCC Oxford Concourse prize two years in a row. Alvis never supplied any of the bodies for the Speed 25; the cars were supplied in chassis form and firms such as Cross & Ellis (standard tourer) Charlesworth (standard saloon and Drop Head Coupé) as well as Vanden Plas and others would fit suitably elegant open touring or saloon car bodies. The car was built on a heavy steel chassis with a sporty low slung aspect, all-synchro gearbox, independent front suspension and servo-assisted brakes, this was a fast, reliable and beautifully made car, although at almost £1000 was considered to be expensive.
This Alvis Speed 25 is delightful in every aspect. An exceedingly handsome car with the hood up, this car can only be described as stunning with the hood down. The current vendor has been the custodian of this splendid example since 1976. Throughout his ownership the Alvis has benefitted from significant time and financial investment, resulting in one of the finest Speed 25's available today. Originally supplied to Max Davis of Doncaster-who owned the car for 12 years, it is thought CYG22 has only had seven owners throughout the 76 years she has been on the road. We are advised the previous owner had the engine rebuilt amongst other mechanical work. The paintwork was attended to by 'The Bodyshop' of Wisbech in 2011 and the trim sympathetically restored by Gary Stone in Cambridge. During our short test drive, the 3571cc engine started immediately and the car drove exactly as she should; throughout our inspection this Speed 25 oozed class and quality. Supplied with the original buff logbook and a V5 registration document, together with a history file containing a number of invoices, this Alvis is thought to be one of only ten remaining examples. A three position drophead coupé by Charlesworth is sure to attract attention from enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, this one will not disappoint.
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