Speed 25

The Speed 25 Register was first published in August 1986 (no.12) and reissued in March 2002 (no.31).

Some 391 cars are listed in the following chassis sequences:

13326-385 SB

13656-675 SB

14346-495 SB

14549-689 SC

The following gallery is sourced mainly from the Ernest Shenton Collection. You can click on any photo to start the gallery and make comments on any photo.

Dave Culshaw has researched the number of Speed 25 tourers made. These bodies were numbered in a 30000 series going back to the 1920s and had progressed to a block of 30206 to 30346 used for SA to SD Speed 20s.

A prototype body was first built numbered AS136 (Alvis Special) on chassis13326. Then followed 31001 to 31039 which were all 25s except for 31034 mounted on a 4.3 litre 14810. Total thus far = 39.

At 31039 the Cross & Ellis insolvency occurred when there were still ten or so incomplete frames around the factory. These were taken over by Charlesworth for completion and given Charlesworth numbers 14811 to 14820.

14814 and 14818 cannot be accounted for  and would appear to have been destroyed in the blitz on November 14th 1940 but the remaining eight are all accounted for by chassis and registration numbers.

Total production was therefore 47 of which 39 were C &E and 8 Charlesworth which are visually identical. The car below was repatriated to the UK by Brian Classic.

 

14371 1937 Speed 25SB Cross and Ellis 31018 1937 AWV 546
14371 1937 Speed 25SB Cross and Ellis 31018 1937 AWV 546

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This same Cross and Ellis Speed 25 chassis 14479 survives and now lives on the Isle of Man
This same Cross and Ellis Speed 25 chassis 14479 survives and now lives on the Isle of Man

This car features a dry sump 4.3 litre engine. Dave Culshaw’s PPS article in Bulletin 443 gives more detail of its history.

14353 Speed 25 SB Cross & Ellis tourer at IAD 2012 – AAT photo
A 1936 Speed 25 SB Lancefield saloon with an extending boot. All aluminium. Chassis 13329, car 13609
13329  1936 Speed 25 SB Lancefield saloon with an extending boot. All aluminium.
I was looking through the archives and saw this picture, and did some quick restoration work on it. It is not meant to replace the un-replaceable original but it might be more useful for a published document. eg "The Bulletin" etc. You May like to save it beside the original for that purpose. I have improved photos in the past for my good friend John Lang, who is now the Bulletin Editor . If there are any photos that you like "improved" or clarifed, then I am happy to do it as find it relaxing, much like doing a jigsaw puzzle. Congratulations on your good work; It is great to see that it is being done. Paul Bamford, AOC, Member 11479Au.
I was looking through the archives and saw this picture, and did some quick restoration work on it.
It is not meant to replace the un-replaceable original but it might be more useful for a published document. eg “The Bulletin” etc.  I have improved photos in the past for my good friend John Lang, who is now the Bulletin Editor .
If there are any photos that you like “improved” or clarifed, then I am happy to do it as find it relaxing, much like doing a jigsaw puzzle.
Congratulations on your good work; It is great to see that it is being done.
Paul Bamford, AOC Member 11479Au.

A 1938 Speed 25 when new; Photo Pete Negmeth; see Bulletin 539 for the story to date

Speed 25 with Idris Francis at South East Alvis Day 2001
Speed 25 with Idris Francis at South East Alvis Day 2001
Speed 25 Vanden Plas - George Butlin at SEAD 2001
Speed 25 Vanden Plas – George Butlin at SEAD 2001
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon - DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 now with John Layzell
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon – DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 now with John Layzell
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon - DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 on the 1970 Tour of Britain
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon – DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 on the 1970 Tour of Britain
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon - DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 on the 1970 Tour of Britain with Sunni Stickland - photos Tony Wall
13355 1937 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas 2-Door Saloon – DXU 166. , Engine 14936, Car 18792, Body 3507 on the 1970 Tour of Britain with Sunni Stickland – photos Tony Wall

The Charlesworth saloon was the most numerous of the Model. This example has passed through the hands of several AOC officials and resides with Wayne Brooks.

 

Among a number of items recently donated to the Trust by Nick Simpson is a booklet on fitting a brake servo on the pre-war cars – just click and download…. Clayton Dewandre ALVIS Servo Fitting Instruction