Lot 226 - 1938 Alvis Speed 25 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||6,629 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £90,000|
1927 saw the introduction of the six-cylinder Alvis 14.75 and this engine became the basis for the long line of luxurious six-cylinder Alvis cars produced up to the outbreak of the Second World War. The overtly sporting 2,511cc Speed 20 appeared in 1932 and a year later, as the SB series, was treated to several innovations including independent front suspension and the world’s first all-synchromesh gearbox. In 1936 a larger 3,571cc engine was introduced with seven main bearings, rather than the four of the earlier Speed 20, giving an output of 110bhp. The clutch, flywheel and crankshaft were balanced together, which minimised vibration and two electric petrol pumps fed the three SU carburettors. The new 3 ½ litre model initially carried saloon bodywork only, but a year later it was combined with the latest version of the Speed 20 chassis to create the Speed 25, capable of a top speed of 95mph and widely considered to be one of the finest cars of its era. Alvis never supplied any of the bodies for the Speed 25. All the cars were supplied in chassis form and the majority were bodied by Cross & Ellis (Tourer), Charlesworth (Saloon and Drophead Coupé) and Vanden Plas.
The handsome Speed 25 by Charlesworth was originally The Motor Show car in 1938. The current vendor purchased the car in 1973 in poor condition and started a chassis up restoration that took some 30 years! Since the completion of the restoration, the car has covered circa 40,000 miles, mainly continental touring. The vendor describes the car as a delight to drive on the open road. Some age-related marks appear on this Speed 25, however they just add to the delightful patina.
Resplendent with blue paintwork with grey blue interior, this Alvis is ready to be enjoyed by an appreciative new owner and, as one of the finest cars of the 1930s, is sure to attract interest from collectors and enthusiasts alike.
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