Alvis always made the engines for their cars but sometimes owners chose to try something with more power, like the 4.2 litre XK unit pictured here in a 4.3 but also in a TD21 and an earlier unit in a hot-rod TA14.
Neither the 4.3 or the TD21 has them installed now, having reverted to the Alvis unit. In the late sixties I used to drive 40 miles to Nottingham in my Grey Lady, then 14 years old, and change cars to drive my new employer to London in his nearly new Jaguar 420. I never regretted getting back into the Grey Lady on the return trip – the sound, the feel, the style.
Jaguar, like Alvis and Rover ended up in British Leyland before being acquired by Ford and then Tata.
In 2017 we published a piece by George Butlin on Lofty England, who worked for Alvis and Jaguar and Dave Culshaw wrote this in 2003….
Good news came this week of another Graber restoration being completed in Switzerland and of another being rescued after a long and neglected hibernation.
On Saturday 14th November the NEC Classic Car Show goes virtual and at 12 noon David Whale, Chairman, and Paul Chasney, Director of Research for the FBHVC, reveal what the survey results mean for us preserving our heritage. YouTube https://bit.ly/3nnrChQ