Alvis Speed 25 Brooklands Special, 1937
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Alvis Speed 25 Brooklands Special, 1937

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Alvis Speed 25 Brooklands Special, year 1937. Colour pale green combined with black wire wheels and a tan leather interior. This fine special was based on a chassis which was sold new, with a Charlesworth saloon bodywork, to Glasgow on October 31, 1936. The first registration was in 1937. Three decades later the car was shipped to British Columbia in Canada. In 2014, this magnificent Alvis Special was built to exceedingly high standards by a specialist firm in Vancouver. All the original components and parts, coming from the saloon car, were meticulously restored and overhauled. This includes the chassis, suspension, all the mechanical components, grille, bonnet, seats, dashboard, and gauges etcetera. A special body was hand crafted over an ash frame. Cycle wing type mudguards and a special exhaust with Brooklands silencer were custom build. This fantastic Alvis was completed in the year 2016. The Alvis Speed 25 was one of the best engineered and constructed automobiles of the 1930s. Alvis was renowned for their superb engineering, one of the hallmarks was the advanced fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox which can be fully enjoyed in this Speed 25. The powerful 3.5 Litre straight six engine is a beauty and its sound-track is magnificent! The engine power is 106 bhp at 3500 rpm, the cruising speed is 120 km/h and the top speed is just above 150 km/h. The car features a 12 Volt gel cell battery, servo assisted drum brakes around, and wire wheels are shod with Blockley tyres. This is a wonderfully built Alvis Speed 25 special of superb quality!

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Alvis was founded by Thomas George John and G.P. de Freville. The first cars built under the Alvis name were manufactured in 1920, and the last Alvis (sports) cars came out of the factory in Coventry 47 years later. The ending of the brand name Alvis was sealed when it was incorporated into the British Leyland concern, where it became part of Rover.

The Alvis cars were of great quality and workmanship and were very fast as well. As for their cars, many parts were designed and manufactured by Alvis’ own staff, and production was small-scaled and exclusive.

In the 1920s, Alvis was the first British car model to experiment with four-wheel drive. In fact, in 1925, they even manufactured sports and racing cars equipped with front-wheel drive, which had also been fitted with an overhead camshaft.

The Alvis Speed 25 and the 4.3 Litre are considered to be the best automobiles built by Alvis. 391 Alvis Speed 25 chassis were built of which 220 are known to survive.

Technical data*

Six cylinder in-line engine (OHV)
cylinder capacity: 3571 cc.
carburettors: 3 SU carburettors
capacity: 106 bhp. at 3800 rpm.
top-speed: 96,77 mph - 155 km/h
gearbox: 4-speed, manual, fully synchronized.
Brakes: cable operated drum brakes all round.
weight: 36,5 cwt - 1830 kg. (saloon)

*Source: The Story of the Red Triangle

Alvis history

Alvis was founded by Thomas George John and G.P. de Freville. The first cars built under the Alvis name were manufactured in 1920, and the last Alvis (sports) cars came out of the factory in Coventry 47 years later. The ending of the brand name Alvis was sealed when it was incorporated into the British Leyland concern, where it became part of Rover.

The Alvis cars were of great quality and workmanship and were very fast as well. As for their cars, many parts were designed and manufactured by Alvis’ own staff, and production was small-scaled and exclusive. In the 1920s, Alvis was the first British car model to experiment with four-wheel drive. In fact, in 1925, they even manufactured sports and racing cars equipped with front-wheel drive, which had also been fitted with an overhead camshaft.

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