Vanden Plas

August 2019

New to the archives are these pictures of a one-off Fourteen Vanden Plas tourer:

Based on photos provided by Bill Clark, an Alvis apprentice in the early 1950’s, Dave Culshaw thinks the body on TA14 22110 is a body from a never completed 4.3 Litre Vanden Plas short chassis tourer. Possibly 3668, 3669 or 3675. The original owner was Ken Smeaton Manager of the Alvis London Service Depot and there is a photo of NPF 810 with Harold Cook, another London Service Depot man aboard.

This drawing of design 1267 appears in the August AOC Bulletin “from the Archive” without explanationThe unreadable text is..

13026 Speed 20 SD Vanden Plas to design 1267 for Charles Follett

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.

Thanks to reasearch by Ernest Shenton and Chris Taylor, the archives have copies of many design drawings.

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.

Vanden Plas 1300 – not to be confused with the BL version
Vanden Plas 1396 for a Crested Eagle
Vanden Plas 1577

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.

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Speed 20 SA

Speed 20 SB SC SD


The 3½ litre



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