1936 Alvis Speed Twenty-Five Tourer Coachwork by Cross & Ellis Registration no. WG 5676 Chassis no. 13370 Engine no. 14053
Pre-war development of the six-cylinder Alvis culminated in the announcement of two new models for 1937: the 4.3-Litre and the 3.6-litre Speed Twenty-Five, both powered by new seven-bearing, overhead-valve engines. The cruciform-braced chassis were similar and embodied the kind of advanced thinking long associated with the marque: independent front suspension and a four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox - introduced on the preceding Speed Twenty - were retained, with the additional refinements of driver-controlled Luvax hydraulic dampers and servo-assisted brakes. On test with Autocar, the Speed Twenty Five demonstrated remarkable top-gear flexibility combined with a maximum speed of 95mph, and was found to possess qualities of, quiet running and general refinement in a striking degree. Sturdily-built and endowed with a generous wheelbase, the Alvis six attracted some of the finest examples of the pre-war coachbuilders art, though the Speed Twenty-Fives initial chassis-only price of £775 meant that ownership was necessarily confined to wealthy connoisseurs. Supplied new by Galts of Glasgow, this Speed Twenty-Five wears four-door tourer coachwork by Cross & Ellis. Founded in Coventry in 1919, Cross & Ellis supplied bodies under contract to the local motor industry, enjoying a long, though sometimes troubled, relationship with close neighbours Alvis. Indeed, the four-door tourer bodies on the Speed Twenty-Five chassis are regarded as among its finest work. Restored in the early 1990s, WG 5676 is described as in generally good condition and comes with a complete set of new sidescreens, recently acquired. The vendor advises us that the car was an invitee to an exclusive rally for a few privileged guests hosted by the Crown Prince of Jordan in the ancient Jordanian city of Jerash (normally closed to motor vehicles) where it led the parade. A matching numbers example retaining its original registration, this lovely Speed Twenty-Five is offered with a large history file of correspondence and other documentation, Swansea V5 document and MoT to September 2010.