Last heard of….?

It’s the unexpected emails we receive with news of Alvis cars that have not been heard of for years which give us the greatest pleasure. Someone somewhere has quietly been taking care of a special car, not a member of any of the car clubs, or perhaps was at one time but no longer belongs. If this is you, we look forward to hearing from you with news of your Alvis. Just leave a reply below.

While the emphasis is on the cars the other products and their survival are also of interest. Questions about the uses of the Leonides engine have prompted a new page covering Hovercraft .

Coen van der Weiden has sent photos of the The Louwman exhibition which can be found on  Louwman

The auction sale of a Graber TC108G has prompted an article on Graber with some information not published before, Gstaad Auction.

2020 promises to be a full year of events and a new book is expected, Alvis Society


Alvis in the Louwman

The Dutch Alvis Owner Club (AOCN) is celebrating the Alvis centenary with an exhibition in the Famous Louwman National Automobile Museum in the Hague, from 20 December 1919 to 2 February 2020.

The Louwman Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of seventeen Alvis cars from the period 1920 to 1967 at the Great Hall in the museum.

Alvis is known as an English manufacturer of high quality cars who introduced a number of important innovations that are still used in the automotive industry. The exhibition shows a beautiful overview of the most important models that were fitted with mostly typical traditional English bodies

A great opportunity to visit this top class museum enhanced with the presence of Alvis cars. Other exhibits from a visit some years ago:


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Alvis at the NEC – November 8-10

1931 12/60 TK Beetleback, in current ownership for nearly fifty years and once owned by Rivers Fletcher – on the Alvis Owner Club stand 510 in Hall 1 (on the left of the main entrance)
The 1936 Gurney Nutting SA25.63 making its debut after a lengthy restoration, on stand 1-510
Just through the doors of Hall 5, (right turn at the Main Entrance) is the Federation Village (FBHVC) with a fascinating collection of HVs including the unique 1959 Graber Special TD21

Click here for the Show Guide

Graber exhibition in Basel

The swiss website Zwischengas has an article on the newly opened Pantheon Exhibition which includes several Graber Alvis cars and 60 photos. There is a translate button with a union jack. See also 2014 Graber exhibition which we visited on our coach trip in March 2014.

We are proposing another coach trip in March 2020 to include the German Alvis exhibition. Leave a reply if you are interested in joining us.

Alvistorians celebrate the centenary

An invitation a few weeks ago to a small celebration of the Alvis marque in its centenary year was readily accepted as it was to be held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. The publicity for the Continuation Series of models was also gaining momentum as was the success in gaining overseas orders for several cars. It was no great surprise to later discover there would be several guests for the champagne reception and during the week of the celebration the Bertelli 4.3 was to be on show in the  Rotunda.

However, what Alan Stote kept secret was the suprise that four historians with over 200 years of Alvis ownership between them, were to be present, including Wayne Brooks from Pennsylvania.

Cox, Fox, Brooks and Culshaw with the Bertelli

During an evening of fine dining we also enjoyed the company of Michael Hicks, Neil Jones and Ian Simpson from Red Triangle and Alistair Pugh who undertook the digital reverse engineering of the coachwork.

Alan also presented us with newly reproduced items from a hundred years ago.Who knows what the next hundred years of Alvis will be like, but for now there seems to be no shortage of enthusiasm for the marque.

Our thanks and appreciation go to Alan Stote for his dedication to the marque and its history.

Alan poses yet another question to Dave Culshaw
Tony Cox contemplates the lines of the Bertelli
Wayne Brooks, still a little hoarse from three days chatting to Alvis owners at Hershey is spending a few days in Kenilworth