1937 Alvis 12/70 Mulliners Sport Saloon. Blue over Cream with Blue leather upholstery. The Alvis 12/70 was announced by Alvis cars 22 September 1937. It was a four-cylinder sports saloon or 4-seater drophead coupé related to the pricier six-cylinder Alvis Silver Crest. The standard catalogued four-door four-seater saloon or two-door four-seater drophead coupé bodywork was made for Alvis by Mulliners of Birmingham.
It was described by a motoring correspondent of The Times as follows: The four-door body has four side windows and makes a comfortable four-seater; the doors have roll armrests and ashtrays and there is a central pull-down rest. The rear windows are "carried well back and allow a very fair view". The doors have slip pockets and glass louvres that conform to the body's lines. There is a cupboard in the instrument panel and the instruments and ashtray are centrally placed. There are two-way visors, independent wiper controls (left and right), a spring steering wheel and in its centre ignition, dip and switch (headlights), signalling and horn controls. There are ventilators in the scuttle, a sliding roof and a fully opening windscreen. The front seats are adjustable, the backrests will tip up and beneath them there are floor wells for the feet of the back passengers. A stabilising bumper and two horns are fitted at the front. This fully-sorted, matching numbers example has been owned by a Classic Car Museum Proprietor and used only occasionally for Vintage Car Club Events. It has always been maintained to the highest order and there is evidence of around £14,000 expenditure, including a complete engine rebuild by Earley Engineering the top Alvis Specialist, this alone cost nearly £8,000! Other works included:- King pins & bushes. Rear springs. Steering rack. Carburettor. Shock absorbers. Stainless steel exhaust. New clutch. New wiring loom. Front & rear engine mounts. 2-tone paint job. Headlamp restoration. Re-chrome radiator & new badge & eagle mascot. Re-chrome bumpers. Re-upholstered front bucket seats in leather. Understandably it drives great, a good testament to the factory that built it and the previous careful ownership. The bodywork has benefited from a recent professional restoration and looks stunning. The leather front seats are newly re-trimmed, the rest of the interior is nicely patinated with that delicious pre-war aroma. The doors close with a reassuring clunk/click so reminiscent of hand built coachwork. This very attractive, driver-friendly car, truly embodies the essence of 1930’s era British motoring for a very modest outlay and could even be used as practical daily transport. Comes with a stack of old bills, previous MOT’s, Old tax discs. Copy factory build sheet, Old green logbook, Original Alvis Owner’s manual. Valuable cherished plate 1567 FS. Car jack & starting handle. 2 x framed pre-war Alvis 12/70 adverts from the Museum display stand. Absolutely any inspection is welcome and viewing is highly recommended. All major debit cards accepted. Delivery can be arranged.
One off Vanden Plas coachwork.
Current (second) owner since 1949
Matching numbers throughout
Factory build sheet
Original engine taken out and rebuilt in the 1980s. Only recently.....