Speed 20 SB SC SD

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 the current Model Secretary (details in the AOC Bulletin). To read the pages click on them and magnify.


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

 

11 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?

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