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Alvis Speed 20 Classic Cars (Uk) For Sale

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  • RefCode: TA1139875
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: SPEED 20
  • Derivative: 4.3 LITRE VANDEN PLAS
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,936
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

This wonderful Alvis Speed 20 4.3 litre carries the distinction of being the best driving, most thoroughly enjoyable 1930's tourer we've had in the 27 year history of the company. DMX 829 also has a particularly interesting history and has been subject of a complete rebuild using an authentic original Vanden Plas body. Nick Szkiler, our founder came back from the appraisal and test drive of this car stating, 'It's glorious and I've not driven anything like it'. The fact that it is an ex-Albert Sparrowhawk Alvis rather explains it. Back in the day, you bought a new chassis from a quality manufacturer like Alvis and clothed it with your chosen body from a number of contemporary coachbuilders, Cross and Ellis, Charlesworth and Vanden Plas for example. Almost twenty years ago, this car was rebuilt by a gifted enthusiast who really knew these cars. The chassis was originally built as a Speed 20 Charlesworth saloon in 1936. By 1965 it was in quite rough condition and was offered for sale in the AlvisOwners Club at 90. By the late 1990's the car was a rolling chassis and restoration commenced using a genuine Vanden Plas Tourer body, originally fitted to a Derby Bentley. The body is from one of five tourers built of the type, this one being documented as from RC44. The car was fitted with the more potent engine from a 4.3 litre SB Charlesworth saloon. The builder, Albert Sparrowhawk is well known in Alvis Circles as a spirited racing driver and builder. He owned the Bentley from which this body came, only buying the body back after the new owner removed it to fit a replica Bentley Le Mans tourer. Sparrowhawk had some success in motor racing:; April 1994 VSCC Silverstone:; Richard Pilkington was hopeful of repeating last year's success in the Fox & Nicholl Trophy with the Totnes Motor Museum's 1938 Talbot, but he disappeared from second place after one lap when a drive coupling sheared. That left Albert Sparrowhawk (Alvis) with the early lead from Bob Gilbert's Bentley. Arriving late on the grid,Rodney Felton was forced to start his Alfa Monza from the back but by the end of lap one he was up to 10th, and four laps later had demoted Sparrowhawk to second. The earlier Sparrowhawk Alvis, driven by David Heimann, displaced Gilbert to take third after half-distance and closed up to challenge for second, but a spirited defence by Sparrowhawk managed to retain the place to the finish. Here he is again in May 1996:; Siverstone - Vintage allcomers race. Bob Burrell led the first half of the Fox and Nicholl Trophy Race with his familiar 8-litre Bentley-Royce, closely shadowed by Julian Bronson's Riley 'Blue Streak' Special, but a quick spin by the Bentley allowed the Riley to seize the advantage; Burrell was almost caught by the scrapping pair of Albert Sparrowhawk (Alvis) and Bob Gilbert (Bentley), Burrell and Gilbert being so engrossed in their business that they battled on for two more laps after the fall of the flag! (extracts courtesy of Motorsport magazine); The engine was meticulouslyrebuilt using high compression pistons, and the best bearings available. Once assembled it was set up by Sparrowhawk - a man who really knew how to tune them. Eighteen years and some 5,000 smiles later, the car is a gem, thoroughly sorted and truly outstanding to drive. With its very robust early synchromesh four speed gearbox, the car is a joy to drive enthusiastically. Whilst not impossible to criticise cosmetically, we know we are never likely to surpass DMX 829 as the most exhilarating, taut and lively pre-war tourer imaginable. Paintwork has aged well; the alloy bodywork is still top class and the leather upholstery, hood and weather gear now have a nicely aged patina. The engine bay presents superbly. We thought carefully about price and Nick's comment was 'If I owned this, I'd never want to part with it'. Fortunately for someone it is now on the market - though we doubt it will be for long. It's the sort of car you'd see be thrilled to see (and hear) on the Flying Scotsman Rally. DMX 829comes with VSCC Eligibility document, 'buff' logbook, dating back to 1961, MOT certificates since rebuild completion in 2000 and a comprehensive file of paperwork. Please follow the video link to learn more about this Alvis. https://vimeo.com/291785018; Price: 124,995

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  • RefCode: TA1136809
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: SPEED 20
  • Derivative: REPLICA
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,936
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

The 'SD' was the final version of the Speed 20 to be produced and of the 149 produced only 6 were bodied with Vanden Plas tourer coachwork.

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  • RefCode: TA1136807
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: SPEED 20
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,934
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

The Speed Twenty SB was the first Alvis model to feature the famous all-synchromesh gearbox which complimented its powerful straight six power unit. A total of 375 chassis were built but only 41 carried Cross & Ellis tourer coachwork of which 27 survive today. This particular car was delivered to the London agent Charles Follett on 9th March1934, with the first owner being Lord Amharst, Ovington Square, London. The car is an older restoration but still in very good condition, the car would benefit from some mechanical work but is priced accordingly.

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  • RefCode: TA1136806
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: SPEED 20
  • Derivative: SPECIAL
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,934
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

This Speed Twenty SB started life as a two door FHC by Vanden Plas and was supplied new to Captain C. B. Wilson of Neatishead Norfolk on 17th February 1934. In 1947, the next owner, Squadron Leader Bainbridge-Hawker shipped the car to Singapore where he was stationed. One day while driving over Kallang aerodrome he collided with a marker drum causing the car to burst into flames. The car, over the next 8 years, was repaired and re-bodied with a four seater body to accommodate the Ingham's and their four son's daily transport needs until 1967. The car competed in many events through the 1970's (Singapore & Malaysian Grand Prix) with Henry Stoner who fitted the current body in 1973. The car comes complete with all the trophies.

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  • RefCode: TA1136812
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: SPEED 20
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,933
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

The Speed 20 SA was the first speed model Alvis produced and the first to feature the low rakish coachwork for which these models became renowned. Its smooth and powerful 2.5-litre straight six power unit provides excellent performance while the Alvis beam axle suspension provides exceptional road holding for a vehicle of this period. This car (similar to above) was supplied via the dealer Charles Follet to G.E. Ferguson of Patcham, Sussex on the 12th September 1933 is currently undergoing a chassis-up restoration in our workshops. To make an appointment please call 01926 864867 or 01926 857303

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