Incredible history file
Outstanding visual and mechanical condition
Bespoke Vanden Plas style coachwork
Proven, reliable grand tourer
Confirmed history by Alvis Owners Club
All documents were checked and the car was photographed personally by Auctomobile
Other features: possibility of assisting with registration, transport, insurance, storage and Trusted Checkout payment
Please note that this car will be available for viewing by prior appointment in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Chassis number 13085, which is what we have here, did not start life looking how it does today. And by that, we don't mean the car has been restored. No, when this car left the Alvis factory on 27th of June, 1936, it was in fact a Charlesworth bodied saloon. And so it stayed until the late '80s, at which point the car had succumbed to the years behind it. The body, in particular the ash frame, was in a bad way, and as such it was elected that restoration would be the way to go. Until, that is, it was discovered that there was very little frame worth restoring. So instead, the then owner, a Mr. D. J. Lawrence, elected to have the car built into something altogether more special.
The backbone of the car - the chassis - and the running gear were all in good order and required only light recommissioning. So, Lawrence sent the bones of the car to MGM Coachbuilding of Suffolk, where a new frame was built. This time a flowing, long, four-seat tourer. The aluminium body was built Classic Metal Shaping of Essex, and the results are stunning. Built to replicate a body by Vanden Plas, the new look was nothing short of magnificent, the workmanship exemplary. However, Lawrence didn't see the project through, and instead passed the car on Jim Berry in 1997.
Berry fitted the wings, he rebuilt the engine from top to bottom but then had to once again pass the car on, owing to poor health. Tony Simpson took the car on in 1998, finishing the wiring, dashboard, seats and trim as well as rechroming and other details. Finished in 2004, the car then moved to a new owner in Scotland, where it resided until 2007. It was then purchased by another enthusiast who took great delight in further improving the car with improved, rebuilt steering and suspension amongst other things.
The current owner acquired the car in 2014, and as part of a small collection of classics, it has been enjoyed regularly for events and tours both around the UK and abroad. A well-travelled, reliable, usable car, this Alvis stands now as a unique vehicle that can be enjoyed on the regular. It's what it's used to. This is not an aged show pony, this is a machine that begs to be driven!
There is a veritable smorgasbord of documentation to go with this wonderful old Alvis, from the stuff you would expect like V5 and service information through more specialist like magazine features and photos of the car as it once was (in saloon guise) and also images of the car in build. There are also letters from previous owners detailing the history and known whereabouts of the car over the years.
There is ample history for the new owner to sift through, but for us, it's the letters and magazine features that make for the most interesting reading. There are documents to support the specification of the car, including letters from Alvis/Red Triangle, and there is a magazine feature in which the skillful work employed in the creation of the body is lauded unapologetically. And rightly so, it's magnificent after all.
There are myriad invoices for servicing, for general upkeep and for all works carried out over the course of the Speed 20's life. For example, in 2007, some £4,600 was spent on paint, servicing, suspension and steering. It has never wanted for anything. Just have a look through the images and you'll see the depth of the paperwork included.
The case for this car is simple: find another. You won't, because there isn't one. The closest thing is of course the Vanden Plas bodied cars on which this Speed 20's design has been based, but you won't get one of those for the sort of money this one is expected to sell for. This is your chance to have something truly exclusive, rare and special.
For us though, it's the driver appeal that sings the joys of this Alvis. It's getting on for 90, but it seems nobody has told it so. It's still a car that wants to be driven, that needs to be driven in fact. It's in regular use, the current owner has covered thousands of miles in it, and as such, that's what the new owner needs to do. This is a grand tourer, not a vintage museum piece like nearly every other car of this vintage.