Period dress

Models from the 1950s
Models from the 1950s

Who is the young lady wearing the latest in fashion – a dress with the AOC motif? Dave Culshaw writes “I am discounting Janet Davey from the photo, as Norman did not join until April 1962. However there are three possibilities, given the probable link with Heston 1956/7  Firstly the brothers Birks … members 13 and 718 respectively ( there was something about the latter in a Bulletin not all that long ago from an antipodean source). Then… John Brownbridge ( Member 55) had a daughter. The third possibility is Albert Armitt ( member 824)  A year or two back his daughter rang me in order to discover if his former Alvis  ( 21536 /JP6741 ) still existed. And yes, I located the car which was then in the Goole area. Of the three, I’d guess at JB, given his known outgoing nature, and flair for promotion.”

Further research show the car and girl in the 1959 Alvis Day film….here is a clip….

Have you visited the Fourteen website lately – http://www.alvisfourteen.wordpress.com – there have been some new posts and photos added.

Three litre surgery and other news

This week sees the culmination of amazing work going on in both the UK and Switzerland recording and displaying our motoring history. The Swiss Car Register officially opens its new Archive Building in Safenwil on Friday and Coventry Transport Museum opens its new £9.5m extension on Saturday.

SCR Ssafenwil

On Sunday 21st June Ken and Sheila Day celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. We send our congratulations and best wishes for an enjoyable day with their family and friends. Ken is President Emeritus of the Alvis Owner Club and member number 199.

The Alvis driving season is well under way and we welcome more entries to the Photo Competition. An account of the Graber Treffen 2015 is on the Swiss Tours page.

Peter Aeschlimann has sent photos of his 1955 Graber TC21/100 Special coupe which he is restoring in Switzerland. It first belonged to a surgeon who experienced overheating problems with the car. His solution seems quite radical – has anyone seen anything similar?

 

 

Autonumerology

When you spot an Alvis, you may want to know more about it, especially if it for sale. Where has it been for the last 60 years? Is it genuine, original and “matching numbers”? What do matching numbers actually mean?

Alvis numbered their cars when they were built. The unique identifier is the chassis number. Alvis never built complete cars, the chassis went to a coachbuilder to be completed so there is also a body number. Engines were also numbered. To confuse matters further there was also a Car Number on pre war models which was different from the chassis and engine numbers. To find out any of these numbers you need to lift the bonnet.

The next most important number is the registration. Most Alvis were registered new in the UK but many were exported. Alvis car production ceased in 1967 and the UK registration system in place up until then makes it possible to detect both where the car was registered and when. After 1963 a suffix letter indicated the year of registration so B, C, D, E and F are common suffixes on TE and TF21s indicating registration in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Prior to 1964 you need a Glass’s Guide to find the date. You can also download www.cvpg.co.uk/REG.pdf which summarises what you need.

Personal number plates were prevalent when Alvis were new so an Alvis may have had several registration numbers in its life because of number retention. It may also have been exported and imported. This is where the AOC Model Registers (for a list click AOC Model Registers) can be very useful as they record owners and numbers that have been notified to the Club. Together with the archive of the Alvis Company it is usually possible to build a history file of a particular Alvis. So, as archivists we can help provide any owner, or prospective owner, with a history of an Alvis. That’s what we do. We can also help reclaim an original registration number that has been lost.

If you have any questions about numbers or have spotted an Alvis, please leave a comment below. All comments are moderated. You can also notify the purchase or sale of an Alvis by leaving a comment.

Alvis in Museums

The trustees met in October at Brooklands and Gaydon (see the Trustees meet page), visited the Herbert in Coventry and a couple of former officials of the AOC who have donated some archive material. This prompted us to revisit the list of museums with Alvis material which was compiled some time ago and to update the list of Alvis vehicles that are on public show.

14400 Speed 25 SB Charlesworth Dhc 1937 EGJ 186 in Beaulieu
14400 Speed 25 SB Charlesworth Dhc 1937 EGJ 186 in Beaulieu
11155 Speed 20 SB ex Clover at Haynes - photo Judy Willmott
11155 Speed 20 SB ex Clover at Haynes – photo Judy Willmott
26360 1960 TD21 Dhc at Haynes -photo Judy Willmott
26360 1960 TD21 Dhc at Haynes -photo Judy Willmott

There are exciting changes at both the Coventry Transport Museum and Gaydon which both have Alvis exhibits and expansion plans currently underway.

News of the loss of two former AOC General Secretaries this year is recorded on the Alvis People page.

Another article is published on the PPS by Dave Culshaw page with musical connections.

The AOC is exhibiting again at the NEC Classic Car Show (Friday 14th November for three days) with a Speed Models theme put together by Steve Horne using some of the material from the archives.

S0363046 Clinkard BrooklandsOne of the Brooklands exhibits

One of the Brooklands exhibits

Alvis colours

Most of the three-litre cars’ factory records show the original colour of the car as it was delivered. The Chairman of Alvis, J J Parkes, was said to prefer seal grey for his cars while the Sales Director insisted on more striking colours. So white was often chosen for show cars, as it was by Graber, and once sold they were repainted in more subtle shades of grey. So, here is the choice offered by the factory:

Alvis Park Ward Colour SamplesAlvis Park Ward Colour Samples 1If your chassis was sent to Graber then the colour was the choice of the customer, such as

Earlier this year we asked if anyone had owned their Alvis longer than Walter Williamson, member 589 who joined the AOC in 1955 with a 1935 Firebird 17514,  KY 4727. Walter has owned his Speed 20 SB  AYN 15 since 1961. Both he, his wife and the Speed 20 were born in 1934 so they celebrated 240 years together, with a few Alvis friends.

  At IAW we offered both our DVD of Bulletins and Ken Day’s fourth edition of “The Story of the Red Triangle” at a take away price of £50. We can extend this offer now to those who were unable to find time to visit Yellow Birch and to those unable to attend the weekend. See the Publications page to find out how to order.

Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.
Tony Cox and his son Matthew at International Alvis Weekend with the 1926 Alvis Grand Prix car on the Red Triangle display. 31st August 2014.

The Royal Automobile Club and HERO 1000 Mile Trial

 

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Entry No: 10 – The Royal Automobile Club’s 1938 Alvis 4.3 Short Chassis Tourer driven by the Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, Mr Tom Purves, accompanied by Mrs Purves, pictured at Bowhill (the home of The Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch) in the Scottish Borders on DAY 3.  Mr Tom Purves is a former CEO of Rolls-Royce Motors.

Photos by Arthur Fairburn
Photos and report by Arthur Fairburn

http://www.heroevents.eu/Events/thousand_mile_trial/1000_mile_trial_2014/ The Royal Automobile Club, in partnership with the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, re-created the Thousand Mile Trial, which was first run in 1900.

 Entry No: 14 - Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route. Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn

Entry No: 14 – Frances Galashan & Dan Geoghegan in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports arriving at Bowhill on DAY 3 a few minutes after the Course Closing Car due to a few problems en route.
Dan Geoghegan driving. Photo Arthur Fairburn
Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn
Entry No: 18 – Jose Romao de Sousa and Maria Romao de Sousa at Bowhill in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA on DAY 3. Photo Arthur Fairburn

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A Re-enactment of the First 1000 Mile Run organised by the Royal Automobile Club in 1900 – Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th July

Day 3 – Tuesday 15 July, on the section Preston to Edinburgh, saw the cars arrive at Bowhill, the splendid residence of the Duke & Duchess of Buccluech in the Scottish Borders   Following afternoon tea, a series of tests took place in the grounds of the estate before a main road run to Edinburgh, where the social highlight of the week took place aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.

At this point in the event,   Entry No. 18  Jose Romao de Sousa  & Maria Romao de Sousa (PRT) in the 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA were placed  27th overall and 6th in Class 3 (Cars 1500cc – 2700cc).

Entry No. 10   Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club accompanied by Mrs Purves in the magnificent  4.3ltr  Short Chassis Tourer,  held the positions 30th overall and 9th in Class 4 (Cars 2700cc – 4300cc).

Entry No. 14       Francis Galashan (GBR) & Dan Geoghegan (GBR) in the 1930 Silver Eagle Sports, held the positions 29th overall and 7th in Class 3.

Entry Nos. 10 & 18 completed the course on Saturday 19th July at Woodcote Park with final placings of:  Entry No. 18 – 25th overall and 4th in Class 3 and Entry No. 10 – 27th overall and 8th in Class 4.

Entry No. 14 Retired on Friday 18th July after completing the stage.      

Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle
Dan Geoghegan with the Silver Eagle

Is this the lowest mileage Alvis?

24831 This photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.  "I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years. The car has covered 14000 mls yes 14000 mls  dry stored from new  runs well. I live in Hayle Cwll."
24831 – this photo was sent in by Ron Dustow who owns this Freeman Sanders Diesel.
“I am the third owner Mr Sanders Mr Lister and me for many years.
The car has covered 14000 mls, yes 14000 mls
dry stored from new runs well. I live in Hayle Cornwall.”

This was an an opportunity to test the search facility of the now digitised AOC Bulletins to see what has been written about this unique car before. In Reader’s Write in January 1975 Bulletin 252 there is a short history of the car.

If you would like one of these send a Comment.
If you would like one of these send a Comment.

During the weekend of 21/22 June the AOC visited Pembroke Dock – the press release is here Alvis Owner Club return to Pembroke Dock. My excuse for non-attendance was a long standing commitment to arrange suitable conveyances for our Swiss friends. Since wedding photos are not normally published in the Bulletin I’m happy to include this elegant trio….

Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June - bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Edition chauffererd by Peter Martin.
Daniel Fischlin, proud father, giving away daughter Joanne in Bishopton on 22nd June – bridal car TA21 Tickford Special Equipment chauffeured by Peter Martin.

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