We received this photo of a Speed 20 seen by a customer of the 21 Gun Salute restaurant in India. A notice states it is one of six surviving Charlesworth Dropheads.
Based on his Car Records Wayne Brooks says “Charlesworth apparently built ten Drophead Coupés on the Speed 20 SD chassis. All despatched in 1936. Eight are believed, by me, to have survived. I’m reasonably sure of the present location of five of those.” So which one is it? For more on this model click Speed 20 SC / SD
We know that only nine Alvis were recorded as exported new to India but others have been imported after first registration. The new cars included two Speed 20 SBs, a 3.5 litre, two 4.3s, three Fourteens and one TD21 drophead which went to royalty.
Meanwhile on Florida’s Amelia Island, Scott and Natalie’s Bluestein’s TB14 secured a Class Award in the Concours.
The car is also at the Savoy Museum as part of the British invasion car exhibit. Wayne has been tracking all cars coming and going from the States for a very long time.
In Australia Chester McKaige is researching all the Alvis sold new and imported to Australia with the intention of publishing a book on the subject. Our downlodable model registers are being put to good work. In case you have not discovered them, they can be found at the bottom of each model page, all of which are listed in the QUICK INDEX
In New Zealand, one car that we have little information on before it left UK in 1965 is TD21 chassis 26169, supplied by Brooklands of Bond Street. No UK registration or owner has been found, so it is added to the “Known Unknowns” list.
Another photo of the car is in the gallery of TD21 : 1958-1963
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The following was kindly received from John Fox regarding above 1959 TD 21
26169 I have this with Brooklands of Bond Street prior to a private export to NZ. Original reg not recorded ( maybe in an RT service file ?), but from its peers to BBS, it could have been one of the several known YLC’s of a block allocated to them by L.C.C. late ’59. was it originally silver grey??
Unfortunately don’t have the code to decipher the abbreviation above (enigma ?)
Also could not find a photo of our TD in the above gallery of TD21 : 1958-1963 archives but there may be one in the main listing rhs of PC screen, with unique radio aerial. But will forward another unsuitable shot to Archives
TD 26169 is in rude good health after a moderate thrash around Auckland’s lost race circuit Pukekohe (bought out by the opposition) after a replumbing of the servo assisted Disc/drum brakes. approx 70% of braking was done by the drums with the servo fed to both disc & drum. Now its the other way round.
Being an UK expatriate would love to know any history there is of this survivor down under. I arrived back in the UK on my OE to work on Concorde about the same time this Alvis was being shipped to NZ 1965.
Keep up your fantastic work most appreciated.