This and that

We are constantly receiving new archive material and rediscovering stuff we already had while installing ourselves at Bowcliffe Hall. To record all this activity, well the interesting bits anyway, there are some new and updated pages.

First, thanks to a new photo from Chris Taylor, the Speed 20 SA now has it own page,click on Speed 20 SA

Another new page provides an update of the Australian Tour in March 2019, click on Centenary

For the other things of interest but not yet worthy of a dedicated page, click on Jottings


September 1967

Fifty years ago the AOC Bulletin recorded that Alvis were no longer making cars and prompted some crystal ball gazing. Would you like to comment on how you see the role of Alvis cars in 2040?

Will anyone be allowed to drive?

Will we be allowed to drive an Alvis?

Will there be any fuel for an Alvis?

Will anyone want to drive an Alvis?

Will we be fitting electric motors to our cars?

What other questions should we be asking?

The article below appeared in the Birmingham Post on 29th July 1967


Cmdr. Clinkard boarding Equipe Maritime, taken by Wayne Brooks in June 1968 at a pub stop on the way back from Snetterton. “David and Peggy Van Schaick are in the black 4.3 saloon 13185, LNJ 881. I left the door open when I got out to take the photo. The blue 4.3 drophead is 14316, DYW 68, then with Ed Norris.”

Save the date

Saturday 18th November 2017 is when we are holding our first Archive Trust event at Bowcliffe Hall. This is your opportunity to see what we have on display, bring all those old slides, negatives, albums and photos, automobilia items and Alvis spares you want to donate or sell, and to buy some of our surplus items. During the day you will also be able to sample the delights of the Bowcliffe Drivers Club.

A well-known Graber TA21 seeks a new custodian, click on Graber

The Annual Petwood Concours in Woodhall Spa attracted several Alvis owners, including a TF21 owner who has owned his car since 1966. Some also brought their cars to represent most decades of production and took away some prizes. For pictures and comment click on Petwood

A perfect spot for a gathering of interesting cars of all ages

A “lost” 12/70 has appeared in a new YouTube video

15884 BRJ 221 12/70 special

The Bradnum’s Speed 25 tourer ERF 349 featured in Classic Cars magazine recently and researching its history produced enough material for a book. It was originally owned by the 6th Viscount Newport and a request to the Weston Park Foundation for a photo when new produced one not of the Speed 25 but of an earlier car.

Speed 20 SA chassis 9844 VE 7424 with Viscount Newport. Parts of the car still exist.

Classic Car Weekly have published a three page spread to record fifty years since Alvis ceased car production (August 16 edition).

The 3½ Litre and Freestone & Webb

Having covered the less expensive 1930s models in the last two posts it is now the turn of the most expensive introduced in 1936 as a bespoke model, the 3½ Litre with model designation SA25.63.

Alvis turned to coachbuilders Freestone & Webb and commissioned four cars to be given the full publicity treatment. The result is covered on two new pages – click on Freestone & Webb and 3½ Litre

If you have any information on Alvis with Freestone & Webb coachwork we would like to hear from you.

The Silver Crest

The recent sale of a nice looking Silver Crest at H&H Duxford for a modest price reminds us that this often overlooked model, introduced as a more affordable large Alvis, is still a rare find. A new page covers the model in more detail, click here

We have also received a 1930s film of a Silver Eagle in (mis)use click on ALFLIX

An expanded album of IAW photos is now on a new page click on IAW 2017