Alvis on the small screen

If you are the present custodian of the TD21 3969 VT which appeared on the TV Drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, the first owner has a sheaf of early history papers to hand on to you. I had a telephone enquiry after the second episode asking when Alvis made a long wheelbase version of the TD21. Another knowledgeable follower opined that John Profumo actually drove a Jaguar in the 1960s.

The updated Speed 25 Register generated some satisfying feedback including this rather fine picture of a surviving Charlesworth saloon in New Zealand.

13679 Speed 25 Cw saloon
13679 Speed 25 Charlesworth saloon believed to have been a Works car CDU 822 (DU being a Coventry registration) before being depatched to Mumfords of Plymouth. AOC Bulletin 62 September 1958, Page 2:  Our member, V. E. M. May, of Sanford Ranch, Littleton, Colorado (15 miles south of Denver), will be happy to see Alvis owners passing through this region.  Mr. May tells me that when his Speed 25 was taken out to the States his wife drove it 3,000 miles in 5½ days.  The car now operates at an altitude of between 6,300 and 13,000 feet.

These photos were sent in by Jonathan Gill, the other New Zealand owner of a Charlesworth saloon.

13686 FPE 11 J Gill Aus
13686 FPE 11, starting life in Surrey (PE is a Surrey registration), and travelling the world via the USA and now in New Zealand

Both of these cars are in Batch 2.

The Register of Batch 3 of 150 cars is now available to view on the Speed 25 page together with additional photos.

There is also an updated piece on the 39 Cross & Ellis tourers.

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Driving Alvis cars since 1964 and the website since 2012

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