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.”

Author: alvisarchive

Established in 2002 by the Alvis Owner Club

5 thoughts on “September 1967”

  1. “Classic” cars will be like horses are now – well looked after by a large and dedicated section of society, and events and infrastructure will be organised to cater for them. Hopefully the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (“FBHVC”) will continue to be supported by Clubs such as the AOC and the AAT along with existing car marques to ensure this happens. petrol will continue to be sold (especially as many new cars will be hybrid and the distribution infrastructure already exists). The classic and historic car sector needs to make sure its voice continues to be heard. After all, maintaining old cars on the road is the most environmentally friendly thing to do (especially compared to buying newly manufactured cars).

  2. I really wish the AOC would read what the Govt actually said about fuel rather than the Daily Mail. The Govt says ‘ all vehicles must be capable of running on electricity ‘ by 2040. Hybrid vehicles will still run on both fossil fuel and electricity. The rule will not apply retrospectively, so as long as no one had invented electric vehicles which will pull goods vehicles , caravans and fly , fossil fuels will still be around. So we should be safe. Let’s stop the doom mongering!

    1. I don’t read the Daily Mail or speak for the AOC but do find the prospect of electric vehicles and self driving cars exciting, see I also spent some time in conversation with our AAT landlord at Bowcliffe Hall, who was responsible for making sure 4 star petrol continued to be available through his fuel company Bayford, about the challenges of maintaining fuel supplies in the future. As he loves vintage cars and is younger than the average Alvis owner, I am confident that Alvis motoring is not doomed. Anyone for an Alvis T “E”, or Crested “E”agle for town use?

  3. Personally gazing into my crystal ball, what I feel is that hand made cars of this quality if maintained correctly, should continue for ever. Cost of maintenance is clearly an issue and there is no doubt that positions of sale of fuel after 2040 will be severely compromised. However, I for one don’t intend to live that long. My children however, who are the immediate future for my Alvis collection have hopefully been brought up with enough common sense to find a way round any future problems regarding driving and maintaining what will be their cars (if they want them!) Although Alvis stopped producing cars with the TF21 I have found a good continuation brand to be Bristol cars. I now now generally drive the Alvis cars in the summer, shifty to Bristol V8 powered in the winter. These cars are still hand built and maintained by the manufacturers with their showroom still amazingly in Kensington and an ever ready to oblige service department in Brentford. They are tremendously underrated and are good for motorway use especially in this current day and age. The fact that they still make a quality low volume hand built motor car to order, is quite extraordinary and they are the sole survivors of this culture when it comes to GT cars that will happily carry four adults with luggage capabilities in some discreet style. Vehicles that can be repaired and taken to the next generation. My first love is clearly Alvis but Bristol Cars are still in business and are worth noting.

  4. Who knows what it will be like in 23 years time? It’s a pretty safe bet that electric refuelling places will be as common as today’s petrol stations, and petrol stations about as common as electric ones are today. Maybe we’ll be buying petrol on mail-order. The price of green electricity is falling, and perhaps this will bring different attitudes – remember that today’s teenagers will be running the country then, so maybe driving petrol cars will no longer be socially acceptable. The good news for classic car owners is that 3D printing will make it really easy to get any spare part we need – how about a drop-in replacement 3D printed electric motor that looks and sounds exactly like a traditional Alvis engine? 😉

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