Vanden Plas

Much has been written about Vanden Plas which has a long history but the Alvis connection relates to the British company Vanden Plas (England) 1923 Limited, based in Kingsbury, London. The company built more than 700 bodies for Bentley before they failed in 1931 when Alvis became a major customer.

From 1932 to 1940, body numbers between 1753 – 1999 and 3012 – 3686 were allocated to over 400 Speed 20s, 25s 3½ litres and 4.3s and the odd 12/60, Crested Eagle and TA14 in saloon, tourer and Dhc styles.

Thanks to reasearch by Ernest Shenton and Chris Taylor, the archives have copies of many design drawings and Steve Horne has also researched the production recordsTogether with our extensive photo archive (this from 1970)

13355 Speed 25 Vanden Plas

our cache of press cuttings

and correspondence with designers (this from Bulletin 346 in 1986)…….we can help owners research their car.

For more Vanden Plas photos, click on

Speed 20 SA

Speed 20 SB SC SD

4.3

The 3½ litre