1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621

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1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Charlesworth Registration no. DUL 601 Chassis no. 18621

Sold for £ 29,666 (US$ 37,174) inc. premium
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Charlesworth

Registration no. DUL 601
Chassis no. 18621

Footnotes

  • 'In the scheme of things there are cars, good cars and super cars. When a machine can be put into the last of these three categories and yet is not by any means in the highest-price class, considerable praise is due to the makers. The model in question is the latest Alvis 4.3-litre sports tourer.' – The Autocar, August 1938.

    Pre-war development of the six-cylinder Alvis culminated in the announcement of the 4.3-Litre model in August 1936. The 4.3-Litre was based on the 3.5-litre Speed Twenty Five introduced the previous year, and was powered by an enlarged version of Alvis' new seven-bearing, overhead-valve engine producing 137bhp on triple carburettors. The cruciform-braced chassis featured 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. Claimed to be the fastest un-supercharged saloon on the UK market, the Alvis 4.3-Litre was certainly one of the few pre-war saloons capable of a genuine 100mph. 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 4.3-Litre's chassis-only price of £750 meant that ownership was necessarily confined to wealthy connoisseurs. A complete 4.3-Litre cost around £1,100, outstanding value for money given its specification and performance, comfortably undercutting rivals such as the V12 Lagonda and 4¼-Litre Bentley. Despite this price advantage, only 198 cars had been delivered when the outbreak of World War 2 stopped production.

    A large powerful car, this 4.3-Litre, chassis number '18621', carries very elegant, close-coupled, sports saloon coachwork by Alvis's Coventry neighbours Charlesworth. '18621' is known to have spent time in the USA and is fortunate to have been preserved in remarkably original condition. Its previous history is unknown and would make a fascinating research project for the fortunate next owner.

    Acquired by the current vendor in June 2013, the car is finished in Lincoln Green with darker green interior upholstery, the latter original and charmingly patinated. Basic re-commissioning was carried out just prior to purchase in 2013. More recently the car has benefited from the attentions of renowned marque specialists Red Triangle of Kenilworth, Warwickshire at a cost of some £12,000. The Alvis has now been thoroughly re-commissioned and upgraded where appropriate. Offered with sundry invoices and a V5C registration document, 'DUL 601' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the finest of British 'Post-Vintage Thoroughbreds', expertly re-commissioned mechanically and ready for further cosmetic improvement should the fortunate next owner so desire.
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1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 18621
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