Lot 213 - 1925 Alvis 12/50 TE Sports Tourer

Lot 213 - 1925 Alvis 12/50 TE Sports Tourer

Lot 213 - 1925 Alvis 12/50 TE Sports Tourer

Lot Number 213
Registration EM 1868
Chassis Number 3909
Engine Number L200-7535
Odometer reading 36,729 miles
Result Sold - £24,000

The Alvis marque was launched shortly after the end of the Great War, offering a lively, quality, 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.

This stunning Alvis 12/50 TE Sports is presented in Dove Grey with blood red trim and all new hood, frame and wet weather gear. Fully restored over an 11-year period, this TE sports with a three door design, has been labour of love for our vendor. Of whom insisted that the cost was not an issue, when considering completing the restoration of this matching numbers example, back to what can be considered better than new.

The previous owner, Mr Ridley, purchased the Alvis in 2011 and began what was an extensive restoration. This can be seen in photos contained in the history file. The chassis was taken back to the Alvis Phosphate coat and then given a further six coats of enamel, two coats of primer, undercoat and topcoats. The engine was rebuilt and converted to run on unleaded, before the timber frame was restored by Alwyn Lee at a cost of £6,000 alone, after 600 hours of labour and over £15,000 in costs.

In 2012, Mr Ridley found he could no longer complete the project. Thus, our vendor purchased for £27,500 and went about finishing the bodywork, trimming and a further engine recommissioning in order to bring this 12/50 to its current condition and running extremely well. Offered with an extensive history file for the restoration, manuals and instructions, coupled with a photo of the car in period. The expenditure on this car far outweighs the estimate and as such this is a fabulous opportunity for a vintage Alvis rarely found in this condition.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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