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Noted luxury and performance car maker who since the 1970s focused on military sales.

8th October 2010
The Alvis Car Company, who are about to re-introduce a renowned 1930’s 4.3 litre Alvis model built using the original technical drawings allied to the latest CAD/CAM technology, has been accepted into membership of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The 4.3 Litre Short Wheelbase Tourer was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day and the continuation series planned by Alvis will reintroduce this iconic model 71 years after the last 4.3 Litre Alvis was produced. The new car will be produced at the Alvis Car Company’s newly created manufacturing facility in Kenilworth, not far from where the original cars were produced.



Red Triangle has obtained the original Alvis technical drawings for the 1937 4.3 Liter Short Wheelbase Tourer and will be building copies of this famous sporting automobile. The company assures us that it is not a replica nor a restoration but a new car, made possible because all the original Alvis technical drawings have been put into CAD/CAM.

Red Triangle has been responsible for providing parts, maintenance and restoration services to Alvis owners for the last 40 years. The company’s philosophy will be to maintain the essence of the brand by reintroducing selected original Alvis models as newly manufactured cars. Red Triangle assures us that there are still many small engineering companies in the West Midlands capable of producing original components.

The owner of Red Triangle/Alvis has preserved the company archive and discovered, by reading the board minutes of 1939, that they sanctioned 150 new chassis numbers, yet only 80 were actually used before the war intervened. Those original chassis numbers will be used for the new cars and thus the revived Alvis Car Company will be referring to the Tourer as a "continuation series."
 

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That is one cool looking car, Alexs. Are you interested in getting one of those to use as a weekend car?
 

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I'm wondering about construction and use regs (crumple zones, seat belts, air bags).
If it really is identical can they class it as a 1937 model?

I'll bet this will cost $200,000 AND that was probably the inflation adjusted price when first offered during the depression!
 

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Listed for sale Date: 09-Sep-2010
Make: Alvis
Model: 4.3 4-seat tourer
Year: 1937

http://www.vintageandclassiccars.co.uk price : $ 200k

Founded immediately after the Great War by TG John and GPH de Freville, Alvis quickly gained a reputation for making high quality cars with superb performance that appealed to the well-heeled sporting driver. In 1923 Captain GT Smith-Clarke joined from Daimler as chief engineer and, with chief draughtsman WM Dunn, became responsible for some of the best products in the company's history including the famous overhead-valve 12/50, one of the most successful vintage sports cars of all time. Alvis cars of this period were not only extremely elegant but they bristled with technical innovations like independent front suspension, the world's first all-synchromesh gearbox, servo-assisted brakes and front-wheel drive. The fruits of this remarkable partnership culminated in a series of luxury sports tourers that were among the greatest achievements of the pre-war British motor industry. Chief among these was the 4.3-Litre of 1936, claimed to be the fastest un-supercharged saloon on the UK market and capable of a genuine 100mph plus. The engine was similar to the Speed 25, but with the bore increased to 92mm for 4,387cc and 137 bhp. Centralised chassis lubrication was retained, but additions included the Smiths Jackall built-in hydraulic jacking system and a Clayton Dewandré vacuum brake servo. Smooth and powerful, with independent front suspension and all-synchro gears, the 4.3 chassis attracted some of the finest examples of the coachbuilders art, though its high price meant that ownership was always restricted to a privileged few. Just 198 examples were made before war stopped production in 1940.
 

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Model: 4.3 Long Chassis Tourer
Year: 1937
Make: Alvis
Dealer: Red Triangle
Price: £179,950
EUR 205,634
USD 285,296


Full Description: First introduced in 1936, the 4.3 Litre Alvis was given universal approval by the motoring press. At the time The Motor magazine wrote "This car is capable of a truly remarkable performance". Of the 166 chassis built just two of the longer 10ft 7" chassis were fitted with tourer coachwork. This car was delivered on 20th January 1937 to Alfred W. Clayton, with a Holbrook body, which has since been replaced with this stunningly attractive Vanden Plas designed tourer coachwork.
 

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Pictures of range from 1920 to 1968


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REVIEW: 'The Motor' ( June 23rd 1938) "The general appearance suggests a real thoroughbred . . . this car is capable of a truly remarkable performance, but the manner in which this is achieved makes the Alvis doubly likeable. The independent front suspension and one of the most satisfactory steering systems which we have yet encountered make road holding particularly good . . . The all-synchromesh gearbox plays a very big part in the high averages which are so readily achieved with this car . . . the six-cylinder engine shows itself to be most docile at low speeds . . . Owing to the high top gear the engine spends a great deal of its life at speeds well below its peak. Consequently there is a material absence of noise or vibration; experience shows that a 300 mile journey is no more tiring than when undertaken in a first-class railway compartment"
 

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Beautiful cars, but way out of the average working man's price range.
 

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They come with provenance (99% still exist), papers show originally delivered/specified by the Industrial Titans of the day equivalent to Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison, political leaders, judges, and landed heirs.

Hispano Suiza survived on an exclusive clientele of Kings and Presidents. Oil sheiks must be funding some of the supercar programs today.

 
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