Elegance on show

A gallery of photos from the current NEC show is now available on NEC Classic Car Shows.

A note from John Godley asked for identification of this car entered in the 2022 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours, north of Paris on Sunday, 25th September. The registration number was no help but the ever resourceful Greg Wrapson recognised it as the TL 12-60 Car no 14101 chassis 9226, originally a Cross & Ellis Sports Saloon despatched to Caffyns Eastbourne on 11.12.1931. Original registration was UF 8638.  Over the years the original body was lost, the chassis shortened and a simple open body fitted. Our member Tony Simpson took it on and created the existing body, basing the general design on that of the body that coachbuilders Grose of Northampton fitted to the SA 12-50 chassis that they displayed at the 1923 Motor Show

Armed with this information, John researched further – “I read that this car had also been present at the 2019 Chantilly event, and saw that a very similar shot to my own 2022 version had been taken.  Then suddenly, ‘hold on’, I was there too!

I needed to search through my own pictures from three years ago, and by fortune found I had seen it before and this time the photo was one near a similarly aged Bugatti, but I’d also photographed the driver’s eye view and the wooden bodywork.

Then, back to searching, I read that it was in attendance at the 2017 event – I wasn’t at that one myself – but found a “FlickR” site reference to it, by chance where that photographer (named ‘eric’), initially focused on the rabbit/hare bonnet mascot. We can now deduce the full registration is: “EG985CN”

Here, in addition, is the reference to this Alvis I found, when in England with its original registration and, it seems, the original bodywork too. This was a short documentary about Oxford, filmed in 1958. The four lower pictures can also be enlarged. https://www.imcdb.org/v959303.html

Author: alvisarchive

Driving Alvis cars since 1964 and the website since 2012

3 thoughts on “Elegance on show”

  1. Hello!
    Maybe you’d be interested in seeing this 1965 (?) TE21 SIII for sale in
    Cape Town.
    Andrew McKenzie

  2. My Grandad is Tony Simpson – the gentleman who built this car. He always restored his cars to original specification but this time wanted a challenge. He built the ash frame himself using just two low quality photographs from the SA prototype. The car was built complete by eye with no drawings/plans. He just learned as he went along. The body comprises of 3 layers of steam-bent venetian blinds he picked up at a car boot sale and the top layer of mahogany to finish. I have several hundred photographs documenting the build from start to finish if this would be of interest. The car sold to a chap in France where it now resides and is in regular use. This really was a labour of love over 7 years and the results speak for themselves. He has just finished restoring a 12/50 wide body which marks his 7th and Final Alvis.

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