On the 10th September 2018 THE ALVIS ARCHIVE TRUST was entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1179868 based on the Charity Commission being satisfied that it is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.

The objects are to:

1.1         obtain and preserve the heritage of, and any objects, information or data of historical interest relevant to Alvis engineering, the Alvis company or related personalities of any era; and/or
1.2         promote the study and appreciation of the history and heritage of Alvis engineering products as items of historical interest.


In November 2002 the Vice-Chairman of the Alvis Owner Club, Nick Walker, announced that the Board has decided to set up a legal trust, named the Alvis Archive Trust, to take possession of the many items of an archival nature which it owns – photographs, catalogues, drawings, correspondence and so on. The thinking behind this is that, no matter what unspeakable things may happen to the Club itself, the archives will be protected. For example, should the Club be wound up, they would no longer form part of the assets and therefore could not be sold off.

The objects of the Trust as stated in the trust deed are “to preserve the archives which prior to this deed have belonged to the Company” [ie to AOC Ltd] “and to obtain and preserve such further archives as the trustees think suitable and desirable and to allow access to the archives by the beneficiaries at such times and upon such terms as the trustees shall reasonably decide”.  These “beneficiaries”, incidentally, are “the members of the Company and anyone with an interest in Alvis vehicles”.

Thus it can be seen that the Trust will actively seek to acquire additional items which it feels should be preserved.  Naturally, since the Trust has no income of its own, the trustees hope that this will come about in many cases through donations from Club members and others. They hope that there are people who will feel that they can now do this and ensure that their precious collections remain in safe hands.

Since 2017 we have office premises at Bowcliffe Hall. To learn more click on Visit the Archives

Early history of the Alvis Archive Trust

The new Alvis logo used by the current Alvis Car Company and is reproduced here with due acknowledgement


Please email us in the first instance. You can also send photos by email and any material in Word or Excel.

Please email contributions to alvisarchive@btinternet.com



  1. We are always pleased from anyone who wishes to donate material to the Trust. An email to alvisarchive@btinternet.com or a phone call to any of the trustees (numbers in the Membership List) will determine the best way of dealing with items. Or, just leave a comment on the website and we will contact you! Your email address does not need to written in the comment but it will be shown to us so we can reply privately.

  2. I bought 12/50 TJ wide body tourer VK 6260 back in October 2012 and have the build record.
    Do you hold any more information on the photo in Album 2, ref 2-53-1?

  3. came across BGN 942 which I believe to be a speed 20 which was in really good condition.Does any body have any details?car was seen in Kent.

    1. It is a VDP 2 door SB and belongs to Kent resident Felix Collins. A picture is on page 311 of Bulletin 488. I have also added 3 recent photos to the SB Gallery on the Speed Models page.

    2. I knew this car very well in the early 1960s. It was then painted light blue and owned by the Cowell family in Westcliff On Sea, Essex. They were real Alvis fans and the car was in daily use. I travelled in it several times. It is a Speed 20 SB Van Den Plas bodied 1934 car. Mr Cowell sold it in 1964 for £100 to a man in North Essex.
      It is now owned I believe by a gentleman in Kent, and now painted dark blue. It pops up at Alvis OC events.
      I came across an identical car in New Zealand in 2004, attending a rally in Napier. I chatted to the elderly owner, who had believed until then that his was the only surviving model, but I have since learned that there are quite a few others…
      I have some photographs of the car I took in 1964 if you are interested.

  4. I that had a most interesting time when I just happened to find your Alvisarchive, particularly the proposed new Alvis that Alec Issigonis designed.
    I have had for some time the Story of The Red Triangle, or Alvis, By Kenneth Day, the 4th Edition. On page 217 in a picture of the 1950s Morris Oxford, which has the title ‘An artists impression of the proposed Alvis TA350’.
    I was so pleased to see pictures of the actual car in your blog, and read of it.

  5. Can photos and written material be used in other articles written for the interest of AOC members and general public or are there copyright restrictions?

    1. Hello Sandy, We welcome the material being used or referred to in other articles provided the source is acknowledged, similarly for photos. Not all photos are attributed on the site so please ask before using them as some are limited to use on the AAT site. If you ask we may also be able to provide other material that is not as yet published. John

  6. Back in the 1960s I owned a TA21 Alvis (reg EWH 310). It had no removable valances over the rear wheels and seemed to have been an early car in the series. Is there any information on when the valances became a standard fitting. An old friend of mine still owns a speed 20 Charlesworth saloon but hasn’t used it for years. It is safely stored and, hopefully, it will run again one day.

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