Lot 140 - 1932 Alvis 12/50 Special
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
The 12/50 was the car which really marked the arrival of Alvis as a serious and successful car maker and set the standard for the remainder of the company's car production. Alvis took the basic side valve design and converted it to pushrod overhead valves in 1923. All subsequent production Alvis cars had overhead valves. It was immediately apparent that this was a quite exceptional 1500cc sports car and, with minor changes, it was reborn as the immortal 12/50, the very quintessence of the vintage sports car. The 12/50 was produced over a long period but discontinued in 1929 when the firm pinned its faith on the front-wheel drive models. When these failed to win wide acceptance, the 12/50 was hastily re-introduced and is believed to have saved the firm.
Registered on 17th October 1932 this Alvis Special has been rebodied as a tourer, the body of which is from a Bentley. Forming part of a collection, this 12/50 has been standing a while although light recommissioning is currently underway. This is an Alvis that certainly has appeal aesthetically and looks like it will be great fun to drive. There is a host of paperwork that is supplied with the car including a V5C registration document.
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