Lot 219 - 1939 Alvis 12/70 Special

Lot 219 - 1939 Alvis 12/70 Special

Lot 219 - 1939 Alvis 12/70 Special

Lot Number 219
Registration DGD520
Chassis Number 15882
Engine Number 14695
Odometer reading 6,714 miles
Estimate £72,000 - £90,000
Result Sold - £70,000

Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. was a manufacturer based in Coventry from 1919 through to 1967. In addition to motorcars designed for the civilian market, the company also produced racing cars, aircraft engines, armoured cars and other armoured vehicles. After becoming a subsidiary of Rover in 1965, car manufacturing ceased although armoured vehicle manufacturing continued. Alvis then became part of British Leyland and, in 1982, was sold to United Scientific Holdings which renamed itself to Alvis plc. Geoffrey de Freville (1883-1965) designed the first Alvis engine and is also responsible for the company name. The origin of the name Alvis has been the subject of a great deal of speculation over the years. Some have suggested that de Freville proposed the name Alvis as a combination of the words 'aluminium' and 'vis' (meaning 'strength' in Latin). De Freville however vigorously rejected all of these theories. In 1921, he specifically stated that the name had no meaning whatsoever and was chosen simply because it could be easily pronounced in any language.

The 12/70  Alvis offered here is a truly magnificent example, the quality of which is rarely seen, let alone offered for sale. It was manufactured in 1939, although registered on 15th May, 1940. A previous owner decided to set about building the best competition car possible, leaving no stone unturned. Put together with an eye-catching polished aluminium body, this two-seater 12/70 features the six-cylinder Alvis 'Silver Crest' 2.7 litre engine and the desirable close coupled Silver Crest synchromesh gearbox. During the engine rebuild, a 'Billet crankshaft' was fitted together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and unique lightweight con-rods. The final engine set-up was assisted by a Technical Director for a Formula One team. This standard of workmanship is consistent throughout the whole vehicle, starting with the strengthening of the original Alvis chassis, all the way through to the suspension, brakes, steering and the electrics with the new wiring loom having all the joints soldered. The result of this substantial financial investment, together with over 3,000 man hours of labour, is a vehicle that is not only capable of going to the shops to pick up the groceries, but one that comes into its own on the race track. A photographic record of the restoration confirms the attention to detail resulting in a championship and class winning car, securing the 'Ruth and Jim Hulbert Memorial Trophy' for Alvis Racing Drivers in 2009 with a record number of championship points and a record that still stands today. Perhaps the highest accolade though comes from the Vintage and Sports Car Club Prescott Meeting with the car being awarded the 'Silver Con-Rod Trophy' for the best presented competition car in the 2010 season, beating some 250 well respected competitors.

DGD 520 has also been significantly campaigned in national hillclimbs and international races since 2007 by the late Robin Everall, a prolific VSCC driver member. Well known to the club and also to the vintage racing community at large, the car has been highly successful from day one and featured in many significant and high profile events, including wins at Mallory Park, Silverstone and Prescott.  It was also a member of the winning team at the two hour sports car relay race at Donington in 2008 and Robin Everall himself left instructions on both how to start and how best to run the car in various different types of competition.

More recently fettled and maintained by our collector vendor, the car has been used predominantly as a fabulous road car, the huge amount of torque at low revs and synchromesh gearbox lends itself to pleasurable driving off the track. The vendor recently undertook a 300 mile round trip stating, "she will cruise all day at 80mph with such a tractable engine that driving really is a pleasure and incredibly easy". A rare and exciting car built on a no-expense spared basis with outstanding attention to detail. This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the finest road-going or, if you so wish, competition Alvis's in existence today.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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