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10869 The March Special
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The following galleries contain production data of the Speed 20 types SB SC and SD from the Model Registers published in the 1980s. For up to date information on any model you can contact us by using the reply box at the end of the post. To read the pages click on them and magnify.
In a letter dated 27 October 1987, Michael O’Callaghan (AOC 1321) responded to the publication of the first SB Register to say there wasn’t much information on his old car JT 668. He thought the Northampton firm of Mulliner built the all aluminium drophead coupe body. He had the car in the late 50s but broke it up, with some of the parts still around. The engine was in his SA with an ANV 110 gearbox. The wheels, gearbox lamps etc went to Mike Pratt. The body and chassis were cut up. Having only cost him twenty quid from a breaker’s yard he got four years motoring out of it, including passing his test, but no-one could weld the cracks in the aluminium. Influenced by Jock Stephen, he concentrated on his SA models from then on as the ifs was no good and the SB was too heavy. He later got the Charlie Chace SA VDP, 9811.


The Speed 20 SB Gallery (375 built) Model Secretary Peter Sedgwick (PAS)
11210 SB Speed Twenty last listed with AOC No 6746 Eire. This pic looks like it was taken in the mid 'Sixties. The Cross & Ellis sports body is missing the front bumper, windscreen and running boards. The original running boards were a continuation of the front wings joining directly to the rear wings. HS 7447 was a Renfrewshire registration from very early in 1934. (Nick Simpson)11210 SB Speed Twenty last listed with AOC No 6746 Eire. This pic looks like it was taken in the mid ‘Sixties. The Cross & Ellis sports body is missing the front bumper, windscreen and running boards. The original running boards were a continuation of the front wings joining directly to the rear wings. HS 7447 was a Renfrewshire registration from very early in 1934. (Nick Simpson) Speed 20 SB Register
1934 Speed 20 chassis 1-26-2 SB Speed 20 engine; 2,511cc 1-28-1
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB sports four seater 1-26-1 1934 Speed 20 SB independent front suspension 1-27-1 10852 1933 Speed 20 SB Show Model 1-13-3
10862 Speed 20 SB Charlesworth Dhc AXK 279 1-24-3 10868 Speed 20SB, 4-19-1, AUW33, VdP style tr, Behind onlookers in photo, (PAS) 11868, Speed 20SB, 4-19-1, AUA498, Chas sal 13379, Right end of line, LHO 1960 UK 1954 Littlehampton Concours 10868 Speed 20SB, 4-19-1, AUW33, VdP style tr, Behind onlookers in photo, (PAS) 11868, Speed 20SB, 4-19-1, AUA498, Chas sal 13379, Right end of line, LHO 1960 UK 4-29-1
10868 Speed 20SB, AUW 33 4-9-1, AUW33, VdP style tr, On left in photo, (PAS) 4-9-1 10868 Speed 20SB , 5-67-2, AUW 33, VdP tr, (PAS) 10869 December 1933 registered 1934 model Speed 20 SB Competition 2-seater (chassis 10869) body by Arthur Mulliners, built for Freddie March. It was once owned by the comedian Al Read and his catch phrase “right monkey” used to be inscribed on the car. In 1956 it was bought by Hal Garner and unused from 1968 to 1999 when restoration started. It was later sold to a Belgian. Photo, Bill Fryer, Brooklands SE Alvis Day, 5th September 1999.
10869 Speed 20 SB Competition 2-seater. Bulletin 539 shows later pictures of the car. 10869 1934 model Speed 20 SB 10874, Speed 20SB, 2-30-1, ST7470, VdP dhc 3098, LHO 2012
10874, Speed 20SB, 2-30-1, ST7470, VdP dhc 3098, LHO 2012 UK (PAS) 10875 Speed 20 SB WP 608 1-30-3 Chris Taylor comments “The Watkinson Car” to his own design bodied by VDP won many accolades due to it stunning good looks and seems to have formed the basis for many Follett copies of it. Owned in the eighties by Don Jones (Trimmer) of Hodge Bower 10876 Speed 20 SB BOL 229 1-37-2
10891 Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas AXE 244 1-25-2 10897, Speed 20SB ALR784, VdP tr 3125, Farthest right in photo, LHO 2013 Overseas (Can) (PAS)4-23-3 10897, Speed 20SB, 4-49-2, ALR784, VdP tr 3125, On left in photo, LHO 2013 Overseas (Canada) (PAS) 10869, Speed 20SB, 4-49-2, AXA137, A. Mulliner tr, On right in photo, The March Special, (PAS)
10912 Speed 20 SB KV 6669 1-35-3 10923 Speed 20 SB Peter Sedgwick Midland Alvis Day Telford AAT Fox Collection 10928 Speed 20 SB Lancefield XG 9405 1-32-1
10928 Speed 20 SB Lancefield XG 9405 1-32-2 10932, Speed 20SB, C G Fincken, ANB589, VdP sal 3114, Centre of photo, LHO 1956 UK (PAS) 11873, Speed 20SB, 4-7-3, JY4889, Chas sal 13387, To rear in photo, A W Hardy LHO 1963 UK (PAS) and C Ross with xx 2866 4-7-3 1953 Chiltern Rally with 12/70 15266 DRO 117 10932, Speed 20SB, ANB589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 UK (PAS) 5-65-2
10932 Speed 20SB , ANB 589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 (PAS) 4-11-2 10932, Speed 20SB ANB 589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 UK (PAS) 4-7-4 Mr C Fincken Chiltern Rally 1953 10932, Speed 20SB, 4-11-1, ANB 589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 (PAS) 4-11-1
10932, Speed 20SB ANB 589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956. (PAS)4-25-4 10932, Speed 20SB, 2-46-6, ANB589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 UK (PAS) 10940 Speed 20 USA 1959-62 – Denmark 1988
10940 Speed 20 SB KV 5820 10946 Speed 20 SB UN 6771 1-33-5 11155 Speed 20 SB OC 7616 Clover body 1-36-5
11165, Speed 20SB AKR249, VdP sal 3151, LHO 2007 Overseas (USA) (PAS) 5-63-2 11165, Speed 20SB, 5-63-3, AKR249, VdP sal 3151, LHO 2007 Overseas (USA) (PAS) 11173, Speed 20SB AEH551, VdP tr 3135, Second from left in photo, LHO 2012 (PAS) 4-29-2
11173, Speed 20SB, 2-46-4, AEH551, VdP tr 3135, Left of photo, LHO 2012 UK (PAS) 11190, Speed 20SB, 2-74-2, AXE635, C&E tr 30282, LHO 2003, Overseas (PAS) 11190 Speed 20 SB AXE 635 1-33-2
11200 Speed 20 SB AXV 329 Gaydon Museum 11218 Speed 20 SB body by “Joe and the Boys” Johore, Malaysia NG 8267 1-25-3 11218 Speed 20 SB body by “Joe and the Boys” Johore, Malaysia NG 82671-25-4
11221, Speed 20SB AYF 92, VdP dhc 3145, LHO 2014 Overseas (France?) (PAS) 4-19-2 1954 Littlehampton Concours 11234 Speed 20 SB VG 6282 1-30-1 11234 Speed 20 SB VG 6282 tourer body by Sunbeam 1-30-2
11246 Speed 20 SB AYN 17 1-33-4 11246 Speed 20 SB AYN 17 11246 Speed 20 SB AYN 17 1-33-1
11264 Vanden Plas 3171 2 door saloon (Photos AAT 2013) 11264 11264
11269, Speed 20SB, 2-31-4, LV7703, C&E tr 30290, 2014 for sale (PAS) 11269 Speed 20 SB Kath Adams 11271, Speed 20SB, 5-65-1, ATU991, Mayfair dhc, LHO 2005 Overseas (Portugal) (PAS)
11271 Speed 20SB ATU 991, Mayfair dhc, Same photo as 4-11-4? LHO 2005 UK (PAS) 4-13-2 11271, Speed 20SB ATU 991, Mayfair dhc, LHO 2005 UK (PAS) 4-11-4 11271, Speed 20SB, 4-4-1, ATU991, Mayfair dhc, Fourth from left, LHO 2005, UK (PAS) 10932, Speed 20SB, 4-4-1, ANB589, VdP sal 3114, Third from right, LHO 1956 UK (PAS)4-4-1
11271, Speed 20SB, 4-2-1, ATU991, Mayfair dhc, 10932, Speed 20SB, 4-2-1, ANB589, VdP sal 3114, Second from left, LHO 1956, UK (PAS) Nearest to camera, LHO 2005, UK (PAS) 4-2-1 Taken at Tring for the Spring Rally May 17 1953. Jim Cooper. 24154 MGK 572 TA21 11271 Speed 20 SB ATU 991 Mayfair 1-36-4 11271 Speed 20 ATU 991
11271, Speed 20SB, ATU991, Mayfair dhc, Nearest to camera, LHO 2005 UK (PAS)4-15-3 11286 Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas BMF 323 11298, Speed 20SB, 2-67-2, ANE269, Special ex Chas sal 13268, LHO 1999, UK (PAS)
11299, Speed 20SB, 4-54-2, NJ3504, VdP sal 3191, LHO 2007, UK (PAS) 11299, Speed 20SB, 4-54-2, NJ3504, VdP sal 3191, LHO 2007, UK (PAS) 11305, Speed 20SB AOA 315, Chas sal 13283, LHO 1961. (PAS) 4-21-3
11310 Speed 20SB, 4-77-3 AYR 674 VdP tr 3178 LHO 2012 Overseas (Germany) (PAS) 11310, Speed 20SB, 4-67-2, AYR674, VdP tr 3178, LHO 2012 Overseas (Germany) (PAS) 11337 Speed 20 SB NG 7165 1-34-1
11346 Speed 20 SB BLB 794 11805, Speed 20SB, 4-77-2, APP 639, VdP sal 3208, LHO 2013 Overseas (Germany) (PAS) 11805, Speed 20SB APP639, VdP sal 3208, LHO 2014, AOC11610D (PAS )2-13-1
11806 Speed 20 SB BGW 603 at Shelsley Walsh1-25-1 11808, Speed 20SB JW 5032, Chas sal 13315, LHO 1963 UK (PAS)4-17-2 11819 Speed 20 SB WO 8608 1-35-2
11824 Speed 20 SB BLP 156 1-35-1 11824 Speed 20 SB BLP 156 1-12-3 11824 Speed 20 SB BLP 156 following 26081 Welsh weekend 1997 AAT Fox Collection
11826 Speed 20 SB MPL 132 11826 Speed 20 SB MPL 132 11848 Speed 20 WP 6635
11848 Speed 20 WP 6635 11848 Speed 20 SB WP 6635 1-12-6 11848 Speed 20 SB WP 6635 1-30-4
11848 Speed 20 SB WP 6635 1-33-3 11852 Speed 20 SB Charlesworth ADU 374 11853, Speed 20SB, 2-86-1, BMG889, C&E tr 30301, LHO 2013, UK (PAS)
11868, Speed 20SB AUA 498, Chas sal 13379, LHO 1960 UK (PAS) 4-17-3 11868, Speed 20SB AUA498, Chas sal 13379, Third from right, LHO 1960 (PAS) 4-29-4 11868, Speed 20SB AUA498, Chas sal 13379, To left in photo, LHO 1960 UK (PAS)4-15-2 Photo from 1954 Kentish Rally.
11868, Speed 20SB AUA 498, Chas sal 13379, LHO 1960 UK (PAS)4-17-4 11872 JY 4329 Speed 20 SB Cross & Ellis tourer 11873 Speed 20 SB Charlesworth JY 4889 1-24-4
11873, Speed 20SB JY4889, Chas sal 13387, LHO 1963 UK (PAS) 5-63-1 10932, Speed 20SB ANB 589, VdP sal 3114, LHO 1956 UK (PAS)4-13-3 Speed 20 SB 5-54-1


The Speed 20 SC Gallery (289 built)
1934 Advert Speed 20 SC Register
11892 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas Tourer 11892 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas Tourer
11892 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas Tourer 11918 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas BLF 777 11918 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas BLF 777
11923 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth WS 24861-39-2 11924 Speed 20 SC 5-62-1 YS 22 5-62-1 11926 Speed 20 SC BLX 2771-41-2 NJS says Charles Follett’s old racing SC VDP – may be seen in various publications, usually on Brooklands track
11926 Speed 20 SC BLX 277 1-41-3 11926 Speed 20 SC BLX 277 1-41-1 11928 Speed 20 SC BYF 322 2-27
11928 Speed 20 SC “before” 11928 Speed 20 SC BYF 322 2-27 11928 Speed 20 SC BYF 322 2-27
11928 Speed 20 SC BYF 322 2-27 11928 Speed 20 SC BYF 322 2-27 11928 Speed 20 SC “after” with 4.3 engine
11928 Speed 20 SC 11928 Speed 20 SC 11939 Speed 20 SC BUV 276
11929 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth 11950 Speed 20 SC ARB 849 2-78-3 11950 Speed 20 SC ARB 849 2-77-3
11954 Speed 20 SC 5-73-3 BLU 360 11978 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth Dhc Daniel Fischlin 11990 WP 7792 – last heard of in Stroud in 1967. Simon Merriot writes This was my Grandfather’s car which I believe my Father sold the car around the time I was born – I imagine the funds were more useful than the car at that point and my Father was much more interested in his Tourer. I believe the car was owned by a VSCC member into the ’70’s but this is a distant recollection. It would be nice to think having survived that long that at least parts of it might still be around. Prior to buying his Tourer (AXE 635) Dad had a 1934 SB saloon which had been fitted with a 5.2:1 diff. The subsequent owner did not account for that and over-worked it to the point that it ended its days at Clink’s place shortly afterwards. The engine from that car subsequently went into AXE.
11990 WP 7792 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth with the Merriott family until 1967 on the 1954 Kentish Rally slow climb near Knockholt. W J Merriot 4-15-1 11990 WP 7792 4-11-3 12012 Wayne Brooks writes “Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas 3291 Dhc 11954 12043 16846. It is believed that engine 12462, with the car plate 17071, from chassis 12012, once did service in chassis 11954, when it was with Tom Airey 421 SE an early AOC Spares Registrar. He identified the car by the Car number 17071, which caused the confusion. I suspect photos 1-41-4 & 1-41-5 were taken circa late 1970s when it was with J. H. Cole of 814 Tuckahoe Drive, Madison, TN 37115 USA. He later had the car painted yellow with black wings. I examined the car when it was with Rudy Tell of 171 Laurel Springs Road, Cosby, TN 37722 USA. The Vanden Plas body number 3921 is on the wood framing of the doors and on the back of the original dash board. At that time it carried Speed 20 SC engine 12526 with car plate 17263 from chassis 12076. 1-41-4
12012 BLU 360 Wayne Brooks writes “Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas 3291 Dhc 11954 12043 16846. It is believed that engine 12462, with the car plate 17071, from chassis 12012, once did service in chassis 11954, when it was with Tom Airey 421 SE an early AOC Spares Registrar. He identified the car by the Car number 17071, which caused the confusion. I suspect photos 1-41-4 & 1-41-5 were taken circa late 1970s when it was with J. H. Cole of 814 Tuckahoe Drive, Madison, TN 37115 USA. He later had the car painted yellow with black wings. I examined the car when it was with Rudy Tell of 171 Laurel Springs Road, Cosby, TN 37722 USA. The Vanden Plas body number 3921 is on the wood framing of the doors and on the back of the original dash board. At that time it carried Speed 20 SC engine 12526 with car plate 17263 from chassis 12076.” 1-41-5 12026 Speed 20 SC Mayfair Dhc JW 7000 1-40-1 12031 Speed 20 SC BNU 409 1-45-1
12050 Speed 20SC BVX 91 – AAT Fox Collection 12054 Speed 20 SC CEV 514 1-46-2 12054 Speed 20 SC CEV 514 1-46-1
12067 Speed 20 SC BKP 564 1-46-4 12067 Speed 20 SC BKP 564 1-46-3 12071 Speed 20 SC KY 9898 1-45-2
12071 Speed 20 SC KY 9898 2-11-1 12071 Speed 20 SC KY 9898 2-11-2 12071 Speed 20 SC KY 9898 2-81-1
12071 Speed 20 SC KY 9898 2-11-3 12079 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas Dhc Design 1119 photos Maurice Richardson (1979- ) BXL 835 12120 Speed 20 02041987 Birdwood Mill Museum S A Interstate Rally
12128 Speed 20 SC BYW 965 1-42-1 12128 1-42-2 12128 1-42-3
12128 1-42-4 12128 Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas tourer, with Jaguar 3.4 engine in USA 12132 – engine 12582 – CAR 17442, DISPATCHED ON MAY 15TH 1935 REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY “CHARLES FOLLETT” ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM
12132 – engine 12582 – CAR 17442, DISPATCHED ON MAY 15TH 1935 REGISTERED AT THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ON JULY 1ST 1935 BY “CHARLES FOLLETT” ON BEHALF OF ITS FIRST OWNER MR J.B.T.COLLINS OF CHESHAM – A rare Mayfair bodied saloon for auction on 29th June in Scotland 12737 – 1935 Speed 20SC Charlesworth Dhc – last known in Belgium – photo AAT Sanders collection 12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 950 1-40-2
12769 Speed 20 SC BWB 850 1-12-2 12772 Speed 20 SC GY 7177 at the Alvis Works 1965

12057 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth DHC body AVE 98 – where is it now? Where was it then?
SC Speed 20
Car No. 17158
Chassis No. 12014
Charlesworth body No. 13400135
It occurred to me that not many people around here (Australia) would know how these boots were originally lined, as most here, now seem to now be carpeted. So I thought a copy of what originally lined the boot should be kept, as these remnants won’t be around much longer as I have just re-done my boot and no longer need them.
If I was looking for this information then this is what I would like to see. I hate throwing away historic evidence. Photos and caption: Paul Bamford

SC boot Paul B


original boot material
12041 Paul Bamford’s Speed 20 SC Charlesworth in Australia – owned since 1965
12041 interior
12041 – photos courtesy of Paul Bamford who has provided the history of the car for the archives


The Speed 20 SD Gallery (149 built)
Speed 20 SD Register
12779 Speed 20 SD Van Vooren – see PPS page for an article by Dave Culshaw 12986 Speed 20 SD YS 4049 4-61-1 Crystal Palace 1958 12991 Speed 20 SD Vanden Plas CRW 804
12994 Speed 20 SD CXM 97 2-39-1 13013 Speed 20 SD CLT 472 1-47-3 13020 Speed 20 SD CLF 393 1-45-3
13052 Speed 20 SD FR 3922 (CNE 41) in Aubonne AAT Fox Collection 13052 Speed 20 SD CNE 41 (FR 3922) 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892
13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 1-48-2 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 1-48-1
13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892
13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892
13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 big end
13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 near side rear hub 13056 Speed 20 SD CTU 892 near side rear hub core plugs
Silent travel door locks component parts without rubber inserts Silent travel door locks component parts without rubber inserts Jelly Mould refers to the corrugated wheel centre as opposed to the splines used on post war cars with wire wheels
13073 Speed 20 SD BRW 40 1-47-2 13079 Speed 20 William Arnold CNE 952 2-35-1 13079 Speed 20 William Arnold CNE 952 2-35-3
13079 Speed 20 William Arnold CNE 952 2-35-2 13082 Speed 20 SD Vanden Plas HF 5964 13085 Speed 20SD BWK 778 by the AAT corner at the NEC in 2012. Originally with Charlesworth saloon coachwork in March 1936 delivered to Messrs. Hartwell in grey with grey upholstery. 2762cc 87 bhp 30cwt capable of 80mph. By 1986 it required serious rebuilding, especially The ash frame. It languished “sans body” until it changed hands when a new body was constructed by MGM Coachbuilding in Suffolk formed by Classic Metal Shaping of Harwich. In 2001 it changed hands again and was finished off next owner who sold the car at Auction in 2004. The car was purchased by the next owner in 2007 who made additions of overdrive and hood bag and tonneau. Overdrive allows comfortable cruising at 65/70mph at well under 3000rpm. Sold to a new owner in 2013 and for sale again in 2014.
13304 Speed 20 SD DGW 600 1-47-1 13304 Speed 20 SD DGW 638 at 1957 AGM 3-5-2 13313 Speed 20 SD BWK 779 Charlesworth
13318 Speed 20 SD Charlesworth Dhc (25 engine) Steve Horne SEAD 2002 13036 1936 Speed 20 SD some time ago…. 13036 now in Germany – It was registered first 1936 CUC 118 and in Germany GT CU 118 H (GT stands for the County and H means Historical Car) – owned since 2008 by Ulrich Brinkmann.
13066 Speed 20SD DNW 938 5-73-2 13066 Speed 20 SD 5-73-1 DNW 938

The 3½ Litre or Model SA25.63 has its own page, click here  The 3½ litre introduced at the 1935 Motor Show for the 1936 season.  The chassis was effectively an Speed 20 SD stretched to 10′ 7″ wheelbase but retaining the Speed 20 SD back springs (which were lengthened by a foot when the Speed 25 came along) and adding a solid floor plate filling the area between the gearbox and the batteries.

The engine (later used for the Speed 25) similarly looks like a stretched Speed 20 unit, with a 7-bearing crank, looking back to that model by not having a thermostat and bypass.


The Speed 25 has its own page, click on Speed 25
 

 

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10869 The March Special
10869

The following galleries contain production data of the Speed 20 types SB SC and SD from the Model Registers published in the 1980s. For up to date information on any model you can contact us by using the reply box at the end of the post. To read the pages click on them and magnify.

In a letter dated 27 October 1987, Michael O’Callaghan (AOC 1321) responded to the publication of the first SB Register to say there wasn’t much information on his old car JT 668. He thought the Northampton firm of Mulliner built the all aluminium drophead coupe body. He had the car in the late 50s but broke it up, with some of the parts still around. The engine was in his SA with an ANV 110 gearbox. The wheels, gearbox lamps etc went to Mike Pratt. The body and chassis were cut up. Having only cost him twenty quid from a breaker’s yard he got four years motoring out of it, including passing his test, but no-one could weld the cracks in the aluminium. Influenced by Jock Stephen, he concentrated on his SA models from then on as the ifs was no good and the SB was too heavy. He later got the Charlie Chace SA VDP, 9811.

The Speed 20 SB Gallery (375 built) Model Secretary Peter Sedgwick (PAS)

11210 SB Speed Twenty last listed with AOC No 6746 Eire. This pic looks like it was taken in the mid 'Sixties. The Cross & Ellis sports body is missing the front bumper, windscreen and running boards. The original running boards were a continuation of the front wings joining directly to the rear wings. HS 7447 was a Renfrewshire registration from very early in 1934. (Nick Simpson)
11210 SB Speed Twenty last listed with AOC No 6746 Eire. This pic looks like it was taken in the mid ‘Sixties. The Cross & Ellis sports body is missing the front bumper, windscreen and running boards. The original running boards were a continuation of the front wings joining directly to the rear wings. HS 7447 was a Renfrewshire registration from very early in 1934. (Nick Simpson)

The Speed 20 SC Gallery (289 built)

12057 Speed 20 SC Charlesworth DHC body AVE 98 – where is it now? Where was it then?
SC Speed 20 Car No. 17158 Chassis No. 12014 Charlesworth body No. 13400135 It occurred to me that not many people around here (Australia) would know how these boots were originally lined, as most here, now seem to now be carpeted. So I thought a copy of what originaly lined the boot should be kept, as these remnants won't be around much longer as I have just re-done my boot and no longer need them. If I was looking for this information then this is what I would like to see. I hate throwing away historic evidence. Photo and caption: Paul Bamford
SC Speed 20
Car No. 17158
Chassis No. 12014
Charlesworth body No. 13400135
It occurred to me that not many people around here (Australia) would know how these boots were originally lined, as most here, now seem to now be carpeted. So I thought a copy of what originally lined the boot should be kept, as these remnants won’t be around much longer as I have just re-done my boot and no longer need them.
If I was looking for this information then this is what I would like to see. I hate throwing away historic evidence. Photos and caption: Paul Bamford

SC boot Paul B

original boot material
original boot material
12041 Paul Bamford's Speed 20 SC Charlesworth in Australia - owned since 1965
12041 Paul Bamford’s Speed 20 SC Charlesworth in Australia – owned since 1965
12041 interior
12041 interior
12041
12041 – photos courtesy of Paul Bamford who has provided the history of the car for the archives

The Speed 20 SD Gallery (149 built)

The 3½ Litre or Model SA25.63 has its own page, click here  The 3½ litre introduced at the 1935 Motor Show for the 1936 season.  The chassis was effectively an Speed 20 SD stretched to 10′ 7″ wheelbase but retaining the Speed 20 SD back springs (which were lengthened by a foot when the Speed 25 came along) and adding a solid floor plate filling the area between the gearbox and the batteries.

The engine (later used for the Speed 25) similarly looks like a stretched Speed 20 unit, with a 7-bearing crank, looking back to that model by not having a thermostat and bypass.


The Speed 25 has its own page, click on Speed 25

12 thoughts on “Speed 20 SB SC SD”

  1. My father was the owner of AYH577 in the 1950’s.A Lancefield Parallite Saloon. (one off I beleive) Chassis number was 11263.If any one has any information on this car I would be really gratefull)

    1. The Speed 20SB Master Database contains some photographs of this unique Alvis and two interesting letters. One, dated 17/12/84, is from the son of the first owner, Mr Joseph Lister, while the other, dated 17/5/94, is from David Sweetman’s father Mr T. McC Sweetman, who states that he sold the car in 1952. Unfortunately the vehicle has not been seen or heard of since the late 50s/early 60s and there is circumstantial evidence (its engine appeared in another car) that it was broken up about that time.
      The late Nick Walker wrote about the car and the detective work behind its identification in an article in Bulletin No 450 March/April 1998.

  2. Dear Peter Sedgwick, My 1934 Speed Twenty SB will be on the road very soon. Can you send me the details of how I can add it to the Speed Twenty Registry?

  3. I was amazed to see the pic of me and GY 3986 SA Speed 20. It must have been taken at Perton Sprint in the mid 70 ‘s. GY was my first Speed model after several 12/50’s and my late wife Sue and I toured Cornwall in it in company with the late David James and his wife accompanied by children and my black Lab Wellington. Great days.

  4. Hello, has anyone got any record of a speed 25 EYP 931, chassis 19492, engine no. 15064. It was owned by my grandfather in the 50’s in Cornwall and I’m curious if it is still around. Thanks

    1. I show Speed 25 SC Charlesworth 14485 Drophead Coupé, chassis 14580, engine 15064, car 19492, EYP 331, despatrched from the Alvis Works on 18 May 1938, with AOC member 1700 SW, Capt. E. G. Pilgrim, Park House, Tregony, Cornwall in the late 1950s. The following ad appeared in AOC Bulletin 86, September 1960: 1938 Speed 25 drophead by Charlesworth in original turquoise and black. New silencer and 4 new tyres. Purchaser should have £50 to spare for new hood and minor renovations: the old lady deserves it. £100 o.n.o. Pilgrim, Park House, Tregony, Cornwall.
      Unfortunately, I have no information since. Wayne Brooks, waynealvis@aol.com

  5. I am trying to trace my fathers Alvis speed 20 SC Reg no ARB849 chassis 11928. was maroon with cycle wings. last believed to have been exported to USA in late 1980’s – any information please?

  6. Re SC20 11926 caption above:- I was mistaken – the correct Follett SC20 sports was 11960/BLX272.

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