Lot 240 - 1930 Alvis 12/50 TJ Tourer by Cross and Ellis
|Odometer reading||50,394 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,616|
The Alvis marque was launched shortly after the end of the Great War, offering a lively, light car in the 1500cc class. The more discerning motorist was targeted who placed quality and satisfaction before price. The first three side-valve-engined models lived up to that promise but it was the engine redesign in 1923 to feature overhead valves that created the famous 12/50 model; an all-time classic. It evolved through various subtypes and the company was ambitious enough not only to launch a successful six-cylinder model in 1927 of largely similar design and dimensions, but also introduced a supercharged front-wheel drive production model, directly developed from the firm's innovative racing cars.
Having been purchased as a running motorcar in 1974, this 12/50 TJ underwent a full chassis-up restoration in 1976 by the current vendor and having only covered 6,500 miles since that restoration, the car is in splendid order throughout. Offered in blue with contrasting black wings, this Cross and Ellis coach-built tourer is currently considered part of the family to such an extent that it has taken two of the current custodians daughters to the church on their wedding day and has transported the vendor and his friends to Le Mans in 1998 cruising comfortably at 60mph all the way!
Described by the vendor as a very reliable and beautiful machine for which he believes, having restored the car many years back, is both structurally and mechanically in great order for any new owner, he will be sad to see her go. Within the history file, an original Buff Logbook can be found alongside numerous past MoT test certificates, bills, an original spare parts catalogue, copy of The Vintage Alvis by Peter Hull and Norman Johnson and an extensive printed and very helpful Vintage Alvis Manual which we are sure will come in handy for any future owner
Offered at a very competitive estimate and in such good order, we believe this represents fantastic value for such an iconic vintage tourer.
*Please not that the registration is not sold with this car and a new number will be provided for the buyer*
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