Alvis introduced the Speed 20 in 1932, and in doing so, created one of the best loved cars of the Pre-War era. The all new, low slung, double drop chassis gave the car a sporting look that was backed up by the 2.5 litre, 6-cylinder engine which had overhead valves, triple SUs and gave 90 h.p and a top speed of 90+ mph!
‘The new Alvis Speed Twenty is the type of car which looks right, feels right and is right. From the driver's point of view the controls are all just where they are required and the power, speed and acceleration provided by the "hotted-up" but, nevertheless, silky six-cylinder engine are literally an eye-opener to anyone accustomed to driving about in a more or less sedate manner in ordinary motor cars of medium size.' - Motor magazine March 1932.
CG 4871 was first registered on July the 1st, 1933, by Scotts of Southampton. It carries the very elegant ‘long-wing’ touring body by Cross and Ellis, 1 of 6 believed to be made. CG4871 went on to spent a number of years in the USA from 1968 when it was owned by the renowned Triumph Motorcycle man Rod Coates who started the rebuild but due to the onset of Alzheimer's disease the car was not finished. It was eventually sold in 1984 to “Mac” McGrady, a keen collector of Nash Healeys among other things, who owned the car until 1995. It then passed through two others before the current owner acquired it in 2001.
The current owner had CG 4871 comprehensively rebuilt mechanically by Earley Engineering after which it was completely stripped down to its bare chassis and had a full frame and body rebuild by Tim Hastings and Brian Martin, artisans located at the world famous Old Vicarage in South Stoke, Oxfordshire. There is a large file of photos to show how complete and beautifully they did the job.
In 2014 the car was sold to the current owner who was intent on the car being absolutely perfect, as a result the engine was completely rebuilt by renowned marque specialists, Tim Walker Restorations. The brakes were totally stripped and rebuilt with specialist brake shoes using a modern compound for more effective braking performance. The steering was also removed and rebuilt. The owner at the time was very keen to use the car for touring and a bespoke overdrive unit was made and fitted by Tim Payne Overdrives. After some very happy motoring the owner has decided to focus his collection more on Post War cars and has asked us to find her a new home. This really is a beautiful example of a hugely underrated and undervalued Pre War sports car and is ideal for touring and rallies, or just a trip to the pub!
For sale – 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas 2-door sports.
Chassis number: 12128
Alvis Speed 20 SC Vanden Plas-2 door sports.
Black coachwork with dark red leather and carpets and black hood. Freshly re-trimmed.
Coachwork recently rebuilt and re-finished.
Hydraulic brake system with .....
Coachwork: Henry Stoner
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This Speed Twenty SB started life as a two door FHC by Vanden Plas and was supplied new to Captain C. B. Wilson of Neatishead Norfolk on 17th February 1934. In 1947, the next owner, Squadron Leader Bainbridge-Hawker shipped the car to Singapore .....
Coachwork: Cross & Ellis
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The Speed Twenty SB was the first Alvis model to feature the famous all-synchromesh gearbox which complimented its powerful straight six power unit. A total of 375 chassis were built but only 41 carried Cross & Ellis tourer coachwork of .....
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
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The “SD” was the final version of the Speed 20 to be produced and of the 149 produced only 6 were bodied with Vanden Plas tourer coachwork.
This car was delivered on 27th June 1936 to Hector Hillaby of Gilston Road, London via the dealer .....
Alvis Speed 20 Type SB from a known collection with rare Cross & Ellis original body.
Likely just 41 cars were produced with the Cross & Ellis Tourer body.
The Alvis Speed 20 SB was one of the technical most advanced cars of its time. It was the first production car with a synchromesh gearbox .....
The Alvis Speed 20 SA now offered for sale at The Classic Motor Hub (chassis number 10157) left the works and was sent to Vanden Plas where it was fitted with the open tourer coachwork you see today, body number 1959. Finished in April 1933, the car was sent down to Harris & Day in Cardiff and registered .....
This wonderful Alvis Speed 20 4.3 litre carries the distinction of being the best driving, most thoroughly enjoyable 1930’s tourer we’ve had in the 27 year history of the company. DMX 829 also has a particularly interesting history and has been subject of a complete rebuild using an authentic original .....
Cross and Ellis Bodied open 4 door 4 seater short wing tourer.
Finished in a lovely shade of green with green and black leather interior trim.
This is an original Cross and Ellis tourer as confirmed by the accompanying copy of the Alvis factory build sheet. We also have a copy of the 1932 ‘Autocar’ .....
1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA Four Seat Tourer by Cross & Ellis
One of the most sought after and highly regarded British motor cars from the immediate post vintage period is the Alvis Speed 20.
Making its debut late in 1931, the Speed 20 was powered by a much-modified version of the engine .....