NEC Classic Car Shows

The Alvis Owner Club will be exhibiting at the 2018 NEC Birmingham Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show in Hall 1, Stand 525  from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2018. The theme is BUILT TO LAST …. click on the photos to enlarge

One of the five Alvis exhibits at the 2018 NEC Classic Car Show demonstrates the remarkable survival rate of the Three Litre model, the last to be built

TF21 Graber 27438 at Chateau Rigny 2005 – AAT Fox Collection

The newest car on the stand from 1966 won the FIVA Originality award at Fougeres this year. 106 TF21s were made, and Red Triangle assert that 102 survive. All of the six chassis sent to Graber in Switzerland survive. For more information on the TF21 and Graber click  TF21

Of the few memorable cars of the early 1950s, the Alvis Grey Lady was something special, retaining pre-war styling with 100mph performance.

1954 TC21/100 saloon 25616 PGH 318 – Malcolm Cox – 1989 International Alvis Day Duxford

Christened the TC21/100 (previously just the Alvis Three Litre) the 100 referred to both bhp and mph. Representing this period in the AOC display at the NEC is this 1954 Mulliners saloon, beautifully restored in the 1980s by its current owner Malcolm Cox, and 72,000 miles later looks as though it has lasted rather well. 526 examples were made of this model including 100 Tickford dropheads and over 53% survive. For more information click TC21

Two of the five AOC exhibits at the NEC date from 1936 and 1937.

Firebird Cross & Ellis tourer – the 1936 Glasgow Motor Show exhibit. Of 450 Firebirds, 25 were made with this coachwork and 13 are believed to have survived.

For more information click Firebird

This 1937 Speed 25 Charlesworth saloon has stayed in one family from new and has 91,000 miles on the clock.

The survival rate of the 391 Speed 25 models is over 56%, a remarkable figure, which reflects the desirability of the Alvis chassis and engineering. Many Charlesworth saloons have been discarded in favour of more sporting bodies. For more information click Speed 25

The oldest of the five exhibits at the NEC …..

1922 10/30


Speed 25, 4.3 Continuation, 12/70, FWD, TC108G Willowbrook

The themes for 2017 are Family ties and Innovation. Although Alvis are frequently kept in the family for decades, the fact that all (well, nearly all, read on) Alvis cars are at least fifty years old it is tricky finding owners willing to display their cars. However, we have secured an excellent example that has been in the Wiggins family since the 1930s – a 12/70 saloon.

The other four exhibits represent innovation, with the 1920s front wheel drive, the 1930s Speed models with ifs and all synchro boxes, the 1950s with a Willowbrook 3-litre and the 2010s with the Continuation 4.3.

To see the build-up of the stand click this and for the backdrop click backdrop

Click on 2016 or 2015 for a link to their galleries and scroll down for earlier years:

NEC Classic Car Show – November 2014 – The Speed Models

The NEC Classic Car Show November 15-17, 2013

25505 1954 TC21/100
Graber Cabriolet 668
G V S 6 0 8 completed 7th April 1954
Delivered to Kambly of Trubschachen
with right hand drive
The Alvis stand at the NEC before the crowds arrived on November 15th

NEC Classic Car Show – November 2012

For the first time we manned a corner of the Alvis Owner Club stand in Hall 20 at the NEC. The theme this year was “Specials” and some fine examples of the special builder’s art were on show. Two of the current owners had built their cars but a pleasant surprise on Friday was a visitor to the AAT table who built another of the cars on the stand. He was Derek Baker who had worked for Peerless, Gordon Keeble and Key West and had built the Burns Special.

The Burns Special on the NEC AOC stand

The signage meant you could not miss your target.

Alongside the AOC stand was the Fisher Restoration stand which had three fine examples of Alvis including Bill Rankin’s 4.3 short chassis tourer ALV 15.

1966 Alvis TF21 coupe super by Graber on the MAC stand at the NEC 2012

Coventry Transport Museum showed a red TB14 in unrestored condition.

The Midland Automobile Club showed Alan Stote’s TF21 Graber coupe as it won their Concours this year.

Bulletin 503, page 32, describes our first NEC display in 2006;

Bulletin 509, page 36 for the 2007 show;

Bulletin 515, page 21 for 2008;

Bulletin 522, page 22, for 2009;

Bulletin 526 page 10 for 2010;

2010 NEC stand

Bulletins 532, page 10 and 533, page 8 for 2011

1929 Supercharged 4 cylinder Front Wheeled Drive Car No. 12064 Ch. No. 7275 Engine No. 7675 Reg: WK8047. First registered Jan 1929, to a Mr. R. Cecil in London. Uniquely fitted from new with Smiths auto searchlight type C270, extra long range fuel tank and non standard racing instruments; including Brooklands calibration tag. Poignantly as this picture was taken on Remembrance day, its last pre war owner, a Royal Naval Officer, placed the car in storage but never returned for it. The car was barn stored until the 1960s when it was restored and is considered to be one of the most original FWD cars.
The Club’s 2011 stand in Hall 5 fronted by Vic Allen’s 1927 12/50 TG Cross and Ellis Narrow Sports shown in its original colour scheme of green & grey.