Property of a Deceased Estate,1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer  Chassis no. To be advised

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Lot 629
Property of a Deceased Estate, 1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer
Registration no. GG 5657 Chassis no. To be advised

Sold for £ 28,175 (US$ 38,743) inc. premium
Property of a Deceased Estate
1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer
Coachwork by Cross & Ellis

Registration no. GG 5657
Chassis no. To be advised
Introduced for 1932, the Alvis Speed Twenty was a fine quality, sporting car in the Coventry marque’s best traditions. Carried over from the preceding 20hp Silver Eagle, the 2,511cc, six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine produced 90bhp on triple SU carburettors, an output sufficient to propel the touring-bodied versions past 90mph. The all-new Speed Twenty chassis was very low-slung, addressing criticisms levelled at the ‘tall-in-the-saddle’ Silver Eagle, offering levels of grip and controllability matched by few of its rivals. “When cornering it is not only free from rolling – the low build sees to that – but the layout is such that it clings to the intended path at quite unexpected speeds, and when centrifugal force does eventually produce a skid it is of the rear wheels only and easily controlled,” observed Motor Sport’s tester.
The car offered here is a very early example of the first (SA) series Speed Twenty with ‘flat’ radiator and beam front axle (independent front suspension was standard from the SB series onwards) considered more desirable by many enthusiasts by virtue of its lighter weight and superior acceleration, while the Cross & Ellis tourer coachwork, along with that supplied by Vanden Plas, is reckoned the best of its kind by those keen to extract the ultimate performance from this model. It has been fitted with the ‘pointed’ radiator from a later Speed Twenty but comes with its original, rebuilt ‘flat’ radiator plus a similar spare. The only other modification notified, carried out in the 1950s, is the adoption of battery/coil ignition, replacing the original coil/magneto.
Bought from a student in London, the car came into its late owner’s possession during the 1950s and has been used sparingly since, mainly for runs and rallies including the VSCC’s Jubilee Week at Malvern in 1984. For much of its life the car was off the road while its late owner restored the body, which was rebuilt with new timber while retaining its original panels. The total mileage driven in current ownership is estimated at circa 2,000 and ‘GG 5657’ is believed to have covered only 30,000-or-so miles from new. An affixed tax disc, dated 1995, is a probable indicator of when the car was last used on the road. The car is expected to possess a current Swansea V5 document by time of sale. Offered without reserve.
Property of a Deceased Estate,1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer  Chassis no. To be advised
Property of a Deceased Estate,1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer  Chassis no. To be advised
Property of a Deceased Estate,1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer  Chassis no. To be advised
Property of a Deceased Estate,1932 Alvis Speed Twenty SA Tourer  Chassis no. To be advised
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