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  • RefCode: TA1139910
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: 12/50
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,927
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Red
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Alvis 12/50 TG Sports Saloon

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  • RefCode: TA1153874
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: 12/50
  • Derivative: Drophead
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,932
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Blue
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Alvis 12/50 Drophead coupe

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  • RefCode: TA1150852
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: 12/50
  • Derivative: TJ FOUR SEAT
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,931
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

The 12/50 is a significant model in Alvis history for many reasons. It was the car that 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 and 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. The Alvis 12/50 is notably regarded as one of the definitive vintage cars with a perfect balance of power, road holding and braking. The model is well reported of having real durabilityand reliability, contributing factors being the ultra strong chassis and impressive mechanical design. The 12/50 model was in production for ten years and we believe 3616 were built with less than 500 survivors known by the Alvis Club. VE 5158 was first registered on the 13th May 1931 and from an original brown 'buff' logbook we can confirm this well travelled four seat tourer spent the 1950's and early 1960's in Hertfordshire, from 1963 to 1970 in Edinburgh, 1970-1972 in Lincoln, 1972 - 1974 in Newcastle, late 1970's in the North West then Derbyshire and from 1984 the Alvis spent 26 years in Berkshire before selling to the most recent owner in Bromsgrove in 2010. The Alvis comes with an exceptional history file with restoration invoices dating back to the 1970's and MOT certificates dating back to 1983 indicate the Alvis has covered 9000 miles in the past 35 years and has been kept roadworthy and on the road throughout this period. Fascinating letters, correspondence and restoration paperwork gointo great detail and in a letter dated 22nd January 1974 we learn the Alvis was owned by the secretary of the VSCC in Scotland during the 1960's. We also learn the Alvis was used for some hillclimb events in the 1960's before becoming an every day car for one of its Scottish owners in the late 1960's. It was often driven from Edinburgh to Ayr over the Lanarkshire Moors and used for touring holidays. The owner then moved to Lincoln and in 1972 and the Alvis the owner treated the car to some major work to include an engine rebuild to include re-metalling all main and big end bearings, the clutch was re-lined and the dynamo was overhauled. Invoices and related paperwork tell us the Alvis was subject of more restoration work during the late 1980's and its long term owner continued to spend money on the car right throughout his ownership of almost 30 years. Major work during the 1990's included stripping and repairing the gearbox, major work to the exhaust manifold, re-conditioning of the clutch,replacing water pipes, engine and gearbox mountings, carrying out rocker shaft modifications, new exhaust sections, overhauling brakes, replacing springs and spring bushes, replacing the rear cross shaft, stripping and rebuilding the steering box, renewing floor boards, new side-screens and hood, re-trimming the interior, restoring the headlamps, carrying out paintwork and carrying out various re-wiring work. Over the past eight years the most recent owner has also maintained the Alvis very well, and invoices detail work to include new distributor, drive gears, replacing carburettor components, new cylinder head gasket and inlet and exhaust gaskets and regular servicing. VE 5158 has had two owners in 35 years, has covered 9000 miles in this time and has been thoroughly enjoyed and proven a true pleasure to own. This Alvis 12/50 TJ Tourer presents very well with its beautiful four seat tourer body. The metal work is in excellent order and the 1990's bright paint finish has a lovely aged finish butdoes have evidence of micro-blistering. The car has the look of a very genuine, honest and correct, nicely aged car but paintwork improvements can be discussed if necessary. Brightwork is still of a good standard, the interior is beautifully presented with a lovely patina and the full weather gear is in excellent order. The strong robust chassis is in excellent order and on the road the Alvis performs very well and is very happy at 45-50MPH. The gearbox bearings are particularly quiet, the four cylinder engine performs superbly and sounds delightful and the 12/50 handles and brakes well. VE 5158 is a very charming, well sorted older restoration that has a lovely history and is useable, presentable and incredibly desirable in its correct four seat tourer format. Price: 39,995

CALL 01944 758000
  • RefCode: TA1155488
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: TA14
  • Derivative: DUNCAN COUPE - LAUNCH
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,947
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

This is a rare, unique opportunity to purchase a very special car with wonderful history and provenance. Not only is this one of just 36 ever made, it is indeed the launch car and demonstrator vehicle that has some unrepeatable history. The car is supported by excellent paperwork and records and the condition is impressive having undergone recent restoration works with an Alvis specialist in the North West. The Duncan Alvis was launched in the summer of 1947. The brains behind the car was Ian Duncan, an Aeronautical Engineer, who had taken over an old canning factory in North Walsham, Norfolk, to produce his own mini car, the Duncan Dragonfly, powered by a 500cc BSA motorcycle engine. To defray the costs of the Dragonfly (which had many innovative features later seen on the Mini), Duncan bean to make a few bodies for the Donald Healey Motor Company. The Reliance Garage Ltd, Heigham Street, Norwich was an Alvis agent and their sales manager, Stan Boshier was so impressed by the prototype HealeyDuncan, that he asked Duncan to put a similar body on an Alvis TA14 chassis. Created by Frank Hamblin, another refugee from the aero industry who was instrumental in the design of the Dragonfly, the body was a daring pillar-less construction with a large glass area, an elegant streamlined tail with a useful luggage capacity and wide opening doors for easy rear seat access. The task of putting the body into production fell to Bert Wall who had been headhunted from Wolseley for his coachbuilding expertise. The seasoned ash frames were made by a firm of Norfolk boat builders, and each took 3 weeks to assemble, using 62 pieces of wood, screwed and glued together with Aerolite 300F, the resin used to bond the wooden structure of the Mosquito fighter bomber. The frames were then sent to Motor Panels of Coventry to be clad in high-tensile aluminium alloy panels. Trimming and paintwork was carried out in-house in Norfolk with extensive soundproofing and high quality wood and leather furnishings. 'Thecombination of the Duncan body and the Alvis chassis provides standards of silence and performance, only normally obtained in much larger cars', said the sales brochure. The chassis and running gear were exactly the same as the TA14, the 65bhp 1892cc four-cylinder engine being good for a top speed of 75 mph and a comfortable cruising gait of 65mph. Handling was flat and responsive with Marles steering, Girling brakes and semi-elliptic springing, front and rear. 'This elegant sports saloon is at once outstanding, its handsome contours creating the impression (later to be convincingly demonstrated), of silent speed, superb acceleration, and excellent road manners', wrote Autocar. Weighing some 2.5 cwt less than the Miliner-bodied TA14 saloon, the Duncan had spirited performance and was guaranteed to draw a crowd wherever it parked. Unfortunately, such hand built luxury did not come cheap and, at 2,205 including purchase tax, it was almost twice the price of a standard TA14. Strictly for thewell-heeled motorist only, just 36 were ever sold (34 saloons and 2 tourers). CVG 119 was first registered on 19th June 1947. Alvis supplied the chassis and engine no 20998 to the reliance Garage in Northwich on 12th May 1947. According to David Rogerson, the former Works Manager at Duncan Industries, this was the launch car and was finished be late 1947. However there was a problem with the paint in that the striking yellow colour failed to 'take'. David recalls an entire night during which - supported by a case or two of beer - a successful result was achieved just in time for the pre-arranged photo call the next morning. David also made the first trip, which was an excursion north to demonstrate the new car at Inglis in Edinburgh, and at Galt's in Glasgow. Being the only demonstrator, the car was soon back in the South. Ian Duncan then hit 'manna from heaven' when he met Kay Petre in the Steering Wheel Club in London and was able to explain his plans to her. Kay was a racing driver with a stringof successes to her name, not only in Austin Sevens, but also in much larger mounts such as the 10.5 litre Delage, in which she lapped Brooklands at 134 mph in 1963. Donning her hat as the motoring correspondent of the Graphic, Kay duly obliged with a splendidly 'tongue in cheek' piece on how Alvis, Daimler and Healey, were combining forces to adopt a joint body style. As David Rodgerson recalled, 'the phone never stopped ringing'. A week or so later, on 6th September 1947, Kay Petre was photographed emerging from CVG 119, having entered the car in the Coucours d'Eleance at the RAC's Jubilee Rally in Regent's Park. The Scottish sales tour obviously worked in that the first recorded owner is Robert P Laing of 11 Bedford Place, Alloa, Scotland, who acquired the car on 7th April 1948. It then passed through the hands of a series of owners in the Newcastle upon Tyne area, being acquired be Les Siddle on 31st August 1994. Les was lucky enough to be the owner of two Duncan's, the other being FWS 962. Hewas largely responsible for ensuring the preservation of the first ever Alvis Duncan, which was acquired by the most recent owner on 20th January 2014. It then underwent a further restoration by Mick Fletcher of Blackburn during 2014 / 2015 with invoices totalling over 17,000. Major work included an engine rebuild to include carrying out a re-bore and sleeve back to standard, new pistons, replacement crankshaft pulley, flywheel, new clutch and new gearbox, engine and radiator mounts. The body was totally stripped down, the interior removed, glass removed, various timber replaced and the car treated to a full re-paint and various re-chromed brightwork. Since restoration the Alvis has been in regular use, attending many shows and events across the region and has driven over to us faultlessly from Harrogate. Price: 37,995

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  • RefCode: TA1139915
  • Make: ALVIS
  • Model: TC21
  • Category: Saloon
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Blue
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Alvis TC21/100 Saloon

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