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EUR 160.190 JPY 20.582.794 BGN 313.299 CZK 3.924.651 DKK 1.192.405 GBP 135.000 HUF 57.578.640 PLN 732.885 RON 792.107 SEK 1.682.314 CHF 166.021 ISK 23.387.718 NOK 1.624.085 HRK 1.206.149 RUB 14.214.991 TRY 2.446.467 AUD 253.324 BRL 993.962 CAD 228.222 CNY 1.142.554 HKD 1.405.265 IDR 2.590.196.187 ILS 575.050 INR 13.500.320 KRW 216.370.032 MXN 3.730.966 MYR 756.304 NZD 270.897 PHP 9.251.444 SGD 242.800 THB 5.971.878 ZAR 2.765.982

 

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EUR 160.190 JPY 20.582.794 BGN 313.299 CZK 3.924.651 DKK 1.192.405 GBP 135.000 HUF 57.578.640 PLN 732.885 RON 792.107 SEK 1.682.314 CHF 166.021 ISK 23.387.718 NOK 1.624.085 HRK 1.206.149 RUB 14.214.991 TRY 2.446.467 AUD 253.324 BRL 993.962 CAD 228.222 CNY 1.142.554 HKD 1.405.265 IDR 2.590.196.187 ILS 575.050 INR 13.500.320 KRW 216.370.032 MXN 3.730.966 MYR 756.304 NZD 270.897 PHP 9.251.444 SGD 242.800 THB 5.971.878 ZAR 2.765.982

 

Verenigd Koninkrijk

 
Cabriolet / Tourer
64/87 kW/PK
Richard Biddulph

Vintage & Prestige Fine Motor Cars

  • Voertuigdetails

    Kenmerken
    Merk Alvis
    Model Speed
    Uitvoering Speed 20
    Bouwjaar 1932
    Carrosserienummer 9885
    Technische details
    Carrosserie Cabriolet
    Carrosserie detail Tourer
    Vermogen (kW/PK) 64/87
    Cilinderinhoud (ccm) 2.511
    Cilinders 6
    Stuur Rechts
    Transmissie Manueel
    Aandrijving Achterkant
    Brandstof Benzine
    Individuele configuratie
    Kleur Anders
    Kleurbeschrijving van fabrikant -
    Interieurkleur Anders
    Interieur materiaal Anders
    Bijzondere uitrusting
    Rechtslenker

Beschrijving

1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA Series Tourer by Vanden Plas
Chassis number: 9885
Registration number: GY7177
Though the Speed 20 was in production in four series from 1931 to 1936, it is generally agreed that the earliest, the SA with its beam front axle, had a more appealing purposeful stance, and was the most responsive to drive. GY7177 carries the most desirable coachwork, the lovely 'low door' Vanden Plas foursome tourer, with that company's inimitable grace and style.

Copy documentation on file shows that chassis number 9885 was sold new by London's main Alvis retailer Charles Follett to one Charles Percy Groseland, but he only retained the car for a year before moving abroad. The next owner was the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot, of the car-building Talbot family; a recent owner wrote to the present Earl, and received a charming reply saying that the Speed Twenty had been his father's favourite car, of which a copy is on file.

GY7177 changed hands several times in the post-war era, with a long period in the hands of a Mr Clark, then to John Whiting, before purchase in 2002 by a friend of his, Ian Murray, who retained it until 2019 with a benign regime of sparing but constant use, including touring. Though the car remained in fine driving condition, its cosmetics were beginning to show their age.

The last time the car changed stewardship was in 2019, and the new owner decided (with a long experience of the finest pre-war cars) to embark on a programme of cosmetic refreshment. It was found that the coachwork was remarkably sound structurally, and it was refinished in the very handsome 'period' colour of Brewster Green. The interior still retained the original leather but after nearly nine decades it was passing beyond acceptable condition and accordingly it was re trimmed in a very well-chosen shade of red leather, with matching carpets and a new hood.

One interesting aspect of the interior is that it retains the smaller lightweight dash panel typically found in the Charles Follett racing team cars.

Lifting the bonnet of any 1930s six-cylinder Alvis is always an enjoyable experience, and in this case it is unusually impressive, having undergone detailed preparation, with extensive attention to the wiring, generally a prudent aspect of maintaining a car of this age. The work was carried out by a prominent pre-war specialist, and the bill is on file.

Additional documentation includes copies of the original Car Record, an old-style continuation logbook, a V5C Registration Certificate, and bills for the aforementioned works. This example has the appeal that these wonderful cars have always had for the discerning connoisseur of the best English sporting machinery.
The car drives particularly well & is a faster alternative & more sporting then an equivalent derby Bentley. Very Easy to drive, these Alvis gear boxes tended to be way ahead of the competition. The paint is of course brand new as is the leather & hood along with the full length tonneau cover so the car presents beautifully. A useful luggage rack is fitted to the rear for long distance touring. Condition wise this has to be one of the best available & is ready for immediate use.
We will be photograhing the car properly upon its arrival with us next week.

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