1929 Alvis TG 12/50
Lot 248
1929 Alvis 12/50hp Tourer Chassis no. 11839 Engine no. 5632
Sold for £9,775 (US$ 15,958) inc. premium

Lot Details
1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50 1929 Alvis TG 12/50
1929 Alvis 12/50hp Tourer
Coachwork by Cross & Ellis

Registration no. VM 6439
Chassis no. 11839
Engine no. 5632

Footnotes

  • Engineer T G John founded the Alvis company in 1919 when he acquired the rights to an automobile engine and with it the brand name of its aluminium pistons – 'Alvis'. Manufactured by T G John Ltd, the first Alvis car - the 10/30hp - appeared in 1920. Conventional yet well engineered, the four-cylinder sidevalve-engined 10/30 was unusual among contemporary light cars in having a four-speed gearbox. Beginning in 1922 and using the 10/30 as a starting point, newly appointed Chief Engineer Captain G T Smith-Clarke and Chief Designer W M Dunn created the car that effectively established Alvis's reputation - the immortal 12/50. The latter was powered by a new overhead-valve engine of 1,460cc and on its competition debut at Brooklands in 1923 secured a legendary victory in the premier 200-Mile event crewed by Harvey/Tattershall. The production version went on sale later that same year priced at £550. A model of exceptional importance for Alvis, the 12/50 remained in production until 1932, by which time it was being built with a new 1,645cc engine, and today is one of the most highly sought after of pre-war sporting cars, with an enthusiastic following.
    This 12/50hp 'TG' tourer carries 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. 'VM 6439' was in running condition when purchased in 1959 and was in daily use until 1961 when it was dismantled and placed in storage. Subsequent restoration work has seen the engine rebuilt with new cylinder liners, main and big-end bearings, timing gears and cam followers, etc while the chassis has been galvanised (in 1996). The car is offered with old-style logbook and sold strictly as viewed. The provision of twin SU carburettors is the only notified deviation from factory specification (original carburettor with car).

Saleroom notices

  • The vendor has provided us with inventory for this Lot and this is available for viewing.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Rob Hubbard
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 5805
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7468 5802
Similar Items