1934 Alvis Speed Twenty SB Tourer  Chassis no. 11838 Engine no. 12287

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Lot 642
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty SB Tourer
Registration no. AYX 94 Chassis no. 11838 Engine no. 12287

£ 53,000 - 58,000
US$ 65,000 - 71,000
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty SB Tourer
Coachwork by Vanden Plas

Registration no. AYX 94
Chassis no. 11838
Engine no. 12287

Footnotes

  • 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 low-slung Speed Twenty chassis was all new, 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.
    Previously owned by famous rally driver, Maurice Gatsonides, this matching-numbers Alvis is an example of the second-series (SB) Speed Twenty with all-synchromesh gearbox and independent front suspension, making it one of the more technologically advanced British cars of its day. Its Vanden Plas tourer coachwork (in this case converted from drophead coupé) along with that supplied by Cross & Ellis, is reckoned the best of its kind by those keen to extract the ultimate performance from this model. The car was the subject of a major restoration carried out to a very high standard in Holland in 1995, all of which is photographically recorded (coachwork conversion included). Chassis number ‘11838’ has been up-rated with an electric fuel pump, electric cooling fan and a modern hydraulic braking system, the latter being of great benefit during its recent participation in a Swiss rally. These modifications are recorded in the car’s accompanying FIVA identity card. Offered complete with side-screens and tonneau cover, it is presently Dutch registered and also comes with UK Swansea V5 registration document and MoT/road fund licence to February 2007.
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty SB Tourer  Chassis no. 11838 Engine no. 12287
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