1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised
Lot 338
1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé
Coachwork by Cross & Ellis Registration no. GY 5928 Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £39,100 (US$ 65,680) inc. premium
Auction Details
1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised 1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé  Chassis no. 9746 Engine no. to be advised
Lot Details
1932 Alvis 12/50hp Doctor's Coupé
Coachwork by Cross & Ellis

Registration no. GY 5928
Chassis no. 9746
Engine no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • The correct engine number for this vehicle is 9846 and the car number is 14555, not as written in the catalogue.
    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 1,496cc, 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. Sporting coachwork predominated on the early chassis, with tourers and saloons appearing as time went on. If not over-burdened by weighty coachwork, most were capable of around 75-80mph. A 1,598cc engine became available in 1924, together with front-wheel brakes, while a four-speed 'crash' gearbox was used throughout the model's life. From 1926 onwards the 12/50 benefited from a significantly stronger platform chassis.

    A model of exceptional importance for Alvis, the 12/50 was briefly superseded by the front-wheel drive models but swiftly reinstated, remaining in production until 1932, by which time it was being built with a new 1,645cc engine. Well designed and well built, the Alvis 12/50 was robust and easily maintained, qualities that only encouraged enthusiastic appreciation among its owners. This essential durability, plus the fact that the factory continued to offer support until it ceased car production in 1967, has made for a relatively high survival rate. Today the Alvis 12/50 is one of the most highly sought after of pre-war sporting cars, with an enthusiastic following worldwide.

    The late example offered here carries two-seater-plus-dickey 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.

    'GY 5928' was purchased by the current vendor from Malcolm Elder & Sons in November 2004, having previous belonged to Bruce Malin of Adderbury, Oxfordshire, who had acquired the car in April 2000. Since acquisition, a full 'body off' restoration and total mechanical rebuild has been carried out by recognised specialists Tim Walker Restorations and Red Triangle, with parts sourced from the Alvis Register. Seven Restorations of Coleford, Gloucestershire repainted the car, while Gary Wright Coach Trimming re-upholstered and re-carpeted the interior, and made a new hood. There are related bills on file totalling well in excess of £100,000, close inspection of which is strongly recommended, together with a photographic record of the work. The rebuild was completed in 2010 and the Alvis competed in that year's Flying Scotsman Rally.

    Benefiting from a recent extensive service by Tim Walker (invoice on file), 'GY 5928' is described as in generally excellent condition and is ready to enjoy. The car is n offered with an extensive history file containing the aforementioned invoices; two old-style continuation logbooks (1956 and 1974); assorted DVLA correspondence; a substantial quantity of expired MoTs; VSCC 'buff form'; Swansea V5C document; current MoT certificate; and various photocopied manuals and technical literature. An alternator (driven off the prop shaft) and a pair of bronze-bodied SU carburettors from a 12/60 model are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Saleroom notices

  • The correct engine number for this vehicle is 9846 and the car number is 14555, not as written in the catalogue.
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