Published January 2017 – PPS by Dave Culshaw
This short piece will give a flavour of the type of content in the ” being worked on ” Centenary/Celebrity Book. Indeed, no such volume would be complete without mention of cases of multiple ownership, and in this regard, the name of Sir George Burton , CBE DL (1916-2009) must figure prominently, with at least eleven examples of the marque owned.
Sir George, a noted industrialist and a former chairman of Fisons, was a motoring enthusiast of eclectic tastes, which ran from a veteran De Dion Bouton to a modern Ferrari. It is ALVIS however which provided a common thread, from passing driving test in a 12/50 inherited from his grandfather, right through to the TF21.
Accompanying the text is a list of the eleven known Burton cars, all but two identified by registration number. Of these, and especially worthy of mention is the 12/60 TK ch 8765, WM 6315. This was the car featured in The Autocar’s popular wartime series ” Talking of Sports Cars “, reproduced below. That particular article ( Number 148 of April 16th, 1943 ) specifically mentions ownership by the then Lieutenant Burton.
1931 12/60 TK WM 6135 chassis 8765
1934 SB 20 BLB 106 –
1932 SA 20 FG 7503 9834
1936 SB 25 BKV 278 13334
1939 SC 25 IW 6996 14630
1936 SD 20 WS 7223 13011
1955 TC21/100 RVR 851 25870
1967 TF 21 RLD 717 E 27382
1936 SG S/Eagle DHK 916 13501
Postscript: Readers wanting more of Sir George’s memoirs can refer to Bulletin 385 of 1990 and his article 58 years of Alvis Motoring. He finally sold the Silver Eagle in 1995.