Alvis Speed 25 open tourer, 1939
Alvis Speed 25 open tourer, year 1939. Chassis number 2013X. Colour silver metallic over green metallic combined with a black leather interior and black carpet. Pale brown hood and side-screens. This wonderful Alvis Speed 25 is fitted with a gorgeous open tourer body by Charlesworth of England. This fine automobile was delivered new (in a batch of five cars) to the Glasgow police department in Ireland. The original ‘CUS9’registration is still on the car. In the year 2010 the automobile was imported from the USA to the Netherlands. This Alvis Speed 25 comes with a complete history file with many photos, documents and invoices! The automobile is in an excellent condition with a very nice vintage patina and the car drives delightfully! Alvis was a true engineering firm and they built high quality cars. Their quality standards were so high that Alvis developed and manufactured many parts by themselves, where other manufacturers sourced these parts (gearboxes, dynamos etc) from other parties. This fine machine features a smooth in-line six-cylinder engine delivering 106 bhp which propels the automobile to a top-speed of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h+). The Alvis four speed manually operated gearbox is fully synchronised and the car features a pneumatic brake servo, very modern features for the 1930s! Only 389 Alvis Speed 25 cars were ever build, only 110 examples are still known to exist today. A splendid pre-war automobile!
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Engine: 6 cylinder in-line engine
cylinder capacity: 4387 cc.
carburettors: 3 x S.U.
capacity: 137 bhp. at 3600 rpm.
gearbox: 4-speed manual
brakes: drum brakes around.
weight: approx. 1200 kg
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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