1927 Alvis Sportsman Saloon SOLD SOLD
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|1927 ALVIS 12-50 SPORTSMAN SALOON NF 4156|
Car No 10510
Factory records confirm car dispatched on 3rd May 1927 to Henleys of Manchester.
Chassis No 5140.. Engine No 5499. Coachbuilder. CARBODIES.
The overall condition of the car was A2 and reasonably original when I acquired it. However it came with no mechanical history and I found several things needed improvement. However, it did have several good expensive improvements made by previous owners. Such as a new cast iron inlet exhaust manifold, stainless steel exhaust , a Hardy Spicer rear propeller shaft and a recent exterior repaint.
During the past three years I have been busy improving the car and completed the following.
Fitted new pipe-work and an original petrol filter and new ball type ethanol proof petrol tap fitted to petrol tank.
Electrics:-Dynamo converted to two brush operation with new CVC regulator fitted, New 75amp hour battery, almost total rewire using cotton braided wiring , including fitting discrete indicators, new stainless steel lamps fitted to rear, Headlights are now fused and wired via a relay . Starter motor is now controlled via a solenoid with completely new wiring. New Distributer cap, points, rotor arm, condenser and new ignition leads, had the dynamo and starter overhauled professionally. Sourced and fitted a matching headlight stepped reflector glass to the nearside lamp, and recently fitted extremely expensive headlight LED bulbs which give far better lighting and reduce the load on the dynamo. Sidelights, new clear acrylic glasses. Rebuilt Lucas wiper motor, new arm and blade fitted.
Engine:- Complete major rebuild. ie. Crankshaft reground with new white metalled main bearings and line bored, New Alvis Register connecting rods with new white metal bearings, Cylinder block re-sleeved to suit new Austin Light 12 pistons, Cylinder head, hardened exhaust valve seats fitted, together with new set of inlet and exhaust valves, new valve springs, head faced to raise the compression slightly. Oil pick up pipe modified to 3/8” diameter as recommended, and new gauze fitted. New register full flow oil filter fitted. Engine and gearbox mountings renewed. Timing pointer fitted.
Two new Hardy Spicer Fabric drive couplings fitted between engine and gearbox. Gearbox oil changed and Slik 50 gearbox oil added. New Bronze Speedometer drive gear fitted to gearbox. New speedometer cable supplied by Speedy Cables fitted.
Clutch fitted new clutch linings and clutch release bearing lignum vitae pads in replacement adjusters. Clutch stop adjusted,
Chassis:- Wheels fitted stainless steel wheel discs, rebuilt shock absorbers. Nearside track rod ball replaced, New Michelin tubes fitted to all wheels.,tyres have plenty of tread.‘O’ ring fitted to bottom of steering column bronze cover and oil replaced with mixture of Slik 50 Heavy duty gearbox oil and Lucas hub oil. Cycle rack fitted to rear luggage rack to take a single cycle. Easily removable. Brakes have been adjusted and it pulls up nice and squarely.
Interior:- Speedometer refurbished and clock serviced by Robert Chester Lamb, nearside door restraint fitted, new central division for rear seat cushions and all leather upholstery cleaned and fed. Interior woodwork cleaned and re-polished. New keys made for original door locks. However, a set of new matching locking door handles fitted. Original door handles are with the car if required. Electric temperature gauge fitted to water transfer port at rear of Cylinder head.
The engine was run in carefully using Millers Competition Running In Oil CRO 10W/40. Running in was completed in September 2019 and an oil and filter change completed. Using Millers Classic Piston Ease 20/50 together with a new FRAM PH2874 filter. The car is running well and smoothly and has very good oil pressure. I suspect that the carburettor has been fitted with a new correct weight float as it ticks over incredibly smoothly and picks up well when required.
I have started a log-book as when I purchased the car it had no mechanical history. I am only thinking of parting with the car as I find it takes up too much room in my garage where I also keep my 1926 Salmson Grand Sport, which has been rather neglected during the past three years. I have spent a considerable amount of time and money getting the car to its present condition and though there are a few minor items, which could be attended too the car is in fine fettle.
I understand that there are only twenty two, of these Saloons known and they do not appear on market very frequently.
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