Alvis Car Company

Introducing the all new Alvis 4.3 Litre Continuation Series

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Alvis, one of Britain’s most innovative car manufacturers, has resumed production of the famous Alvis 4.3 Litre model, 72 years after the last 4.3 Litre car was produced..

This Alvis model was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day, and the all-British “Continuation Series” will live up to that heritage. Manufactured from the original works drawings, the car will be powered by the Alvis 4.3 Litre six cylinder engine faithfully produced to the 1936 design and retaining all its period character and quality, but utilising modern technology for emission compliance as well as delivering even more power.

The Alvis Car Company Limited will produce the 4.3 Litre car in newly completed facilities at its Kenilworth site in collaboration with its sister company Red Triangle. For the last 40 years Red Triangle has been providing parts and restoration services to Alvis owners and has also been the custodian of the original designs, plans and the complete historic records of all the Alvis cars produced.

There is evidence from the 1938 Alvis Board Minutes that 77 of the 4.3 Litre chassis that were officially sanctioned for production were never completed because car manufacturing had to be suspended in 1940. As a result the new 4.3 Litre “Continuation Series” will be limited to the production of these remaining 77 chassis, thereby fulfilling the original intention of the Alvis Board.

Alvis Car Company

Alvis - The Company

After taking over a small Coventry carburettor manufacturer named Holley Bros. the original company, TG John and Co. Ltd., was founded in 1919. It originally made stationary engines and motor scooters. The company's founder, naval architect T.G. John, was approached by Geoffrey de Freville with advanced designs for a 4-cylinder engine with aluminium pistons and pressure lubrication.

TG John It is thought that de Freville proposed the name Alvis combining the words "aluminium" and "vis" (meaning "strength" in Latin) although de Freville himself denied it.

The first car model, the 10/30, gained a reputation for quality and performance for which the company became renown. After a trademark challenge from Avro Aviation whose logo was similar to the first Alvis winged triangle, a change was made to the now familiar inverted red triangle incorporating the word 'Alvis'. In 1921, the company became the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. and moved production to Holyhead Road, Coventry.

In 1922 Captain GT Smith-Clarke joined from Daimler as Chief Engineer and was soon joined by WM Dunn as Chief Draughtsman. Together they were to play a vital role in future the success of the company.

Captain GT Smith-ClarkeSmith-Clarke’s first task was to develop the first 10/30 side-valve engine and by 1923 the famous overhead-valve 12/50 was in production becoming one of the most iconic vintage sports cars of all time with exhilarating performance and rugged reliability.

Following racing success at Le Mans in 1928 Alvis produced one of the world’s first front wheel drive production models with overhead camshaft and an optional supercharger.

At the end of the 1920’s the first six-cylinder engine was in production and became the foundation for the large six-cylinder cars produced throughout the 1930’s and up to the Second World War. In true Alvis tradition these cars were technically advanced with the world's first all-synchromesh gearbox, independent front suspension and servo assisted brakes.

The Speed 25

The long bonnet and sleek chassis line of the six-cylinder Speed 20, the Speed 25 and the 4.3 Litre models gave coachbuilders the opportunity to design the most stunning coachwork. Similar to other luxury car companies of the time Alvis were essentially automobile engineers, designing and producing all the mechanical aspects of the car with bodywork design and manufacture carried out by selected coachbuilders such as Cross and Ellis, Charlesworth and Vanden Plas. Some cars were fitted with one-off bespoke coachwork by London coachbuilders such as Lancefield and Offord. In 1936 aero-engine and armoured vehicle production was added the company name was changed to Alvis Ltd.

World War Two


On November 14th 1940 the car factory was severely damaged by the German Luftwaffe’s raid on Coventry although the armaments factory was relatively undamaged. Car production was suspended for the duration of the war only resuming during the latter part of 1946. But Alvis carried out war production on aero engines (as sub-contractor of Rolls-Royce) and other aircraft equipment. As their part in the war effort Alvis were responsible for operating 21 'shadow' factories.

Post war


Car production resumed with the reliable and attractive four-cylinder TA14 model based on the pre-war 12/70. Capt. Smith-Clarke retired in 1950 and Willie Dunn took over as chief engineer.

In 1950 a new chassis with a 3 litre six-cylinder engine was announced and this became the basis of all the remaining Alvis models. The new model was called the TA21, with saloon bodies by Mulliners and Tickford producing the drop heads. In addition, the Swiss coachbuilder Graber was producing some of the most beautiful coachwork for this chassis.

In 1955, after negation with Graber, Alvis decided to base its coachwork on Graber designs and the first TC108/G model were built by Willowbrook of Loughborough and in 1958, with the launch of the TD21, production was contracted to Park Ward, coachbuilders for Rolls-Royce and Bentley. They continued to manufacture coachwork for the TD21 range, the TE21 and finally the TF21.

Rover took a controlling interest in Alvis in 1965 and TF21 was launched in 1966. It had a top speed of 127mph - the fastest Alvis ever produced.

In 1968 the passenger car interests were relocated to Kenilworth along with the complete stock of spares, nearly 22,000 Car Records and over 50,000 works drawings, technical data sheets and correspondence files and as Red Triangle they have continued to provide support for passenger car owners to the present day.

The armoured fighting vehicle production continued under various ownerships until 2004 when it was absorbed into defense giant BAE Systems.

Today


The Alvis Car Company has now resumed production of the famous Alvis 4.3 Litre model, 72 years after the last 4.3 Litre car was produced. This Alvis model was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day, and the all-British “Continuation Series” will live up to that heritage. Manufactured from the original works drawings, the car will be powered by the Alvis 4.3 Litre six cylinder engine faithfully produced to the 1936 design and retaining all its period character and quality, but utilising modern technology for emission compliance as well as delivering even more power.

Alvis Car Company History

Alvis - Milestones

  • TG John

    1919

    T. G. John begins manufacturing Alvis cars in Coventry with coachwork supplied by Cross & Ellis and Carbodies.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1921

    The first Alvis model, a 10/30, wins a gold medal in the London to Holyhead Trial.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1922

    Introduction of the 11/40 and 12/40 models.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1923

    First 12/50 model launched. Alvis works 12/50 wins the 200 Miles Race at Brooklands at an average speed of 93.29 mph.

    Alvis take 39 class records in one day at Brooklands.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1925

    A supercharged Alvis front wheel drive laps Brooklands at 104 mph.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1926

    Alvis design and race the first straight eight front wheel drive Grand Prix racing car.

  • Alvis

    1927

    A supercharged Alvis straight eight front wheel drive Grand Prix car laps Brooklands at 121 mph. 14.75 model introduced as the first six cylinder car.

  • Alvis

    1928

    Alvis win the 1500cc class at Le Mans in a front wheel drive. The Alvis Company manufacture and market the world's first front wheel drive production car.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1930

    Alvis straight eight FWD sports cars take the first three places in the 1500cc class at the Tourist Trophy.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1931

    Production of the 12/60 Sports begins. The Speed 20 SA first appears at the Scottish Show.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1932

    Four cylinder Firefly model introduced to replace the 12/50 and 12/60 models.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1933

    Alvis design the world's first all synchromesh gear box and initiate the first British car with independent front suspension. Vanden Plas and Charlesworth are designing coachwork for the speed models. Crested Eagle and Speed 20 SB are announced.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1934

    A new Firebird model replaces the Firefly.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1935

    Speed 20 SC is launched and an all new six cylinder 3.5 Litre model is revealed.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1936

    The final Speed 20 development, the SD model is introduced and the new Speed 25 and Silver Crest models are announced along with the 4.3 Litre, the fastest production saloon available with a top speed of over 100 mph.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1937

    The 4.3 Litre ‘Short Chassis’ tourer with coachwork by Vanden Plas is launched. The new 4 cylinder 12/70 model is announced.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1938

    Racing Driver Tommy Wisdom laps Brooklands at 119mph in an Alvis 4.3 Litre Vanden Plas tourer. The company expand the manufacture of aero engines and armoured vehicles.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1939

    The Alvis Company controls 21 'shadow' factories producing aero engines for the RAF.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1940

    November 14th the Alvis factory is badly damaged by the German Luftwaffe during the Coventry Blitz.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1942

    Alvis test Merlin engines for Spitfires in one of their 21 “shadow” factories.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1946

    Alvis return to car production with Mulliners and Tickford designing coachwork for the TA14. They continue producing aero engines and military vehicles.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1948

    The company announce the TB14, a sports version of the TA14 the with coachwork by AP Metalcraft of Coventry.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1950

    Alvis introduce the new 3 litre straight six engine and start production of the TA21. Swiss coachbuilder Herman Graber begins designing coachwork for the new Alvis chassis.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1951

    TB21 sports roadster goes into production.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1952

    Alec Issigonis joins Alvis to design a prototype 3500cc V8 engine.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1953

    The TA21 is replaced by the TC21 and further upgraded to the TC21/100 - the '100' designating a true top speed of 100mph.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1955

    The TC21/100 is replaced by the TC108G. The UK version is built by Willowbrook under licence to Graber.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1958

    Alvis announce the new TD21 Series I with coachwork built by Park Ward based on a body design by Graber of Switzerland.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1959

    History is made when the first hovercraft SR.N 1 crosses the Channel powered by an Alvis Leonides engine.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1961

    Further optional refinements were now available on the TD21 Series I such as overdrive, automatic transmission and reclining seats.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1962

    The TD21 Series II is launched with further enhancements such as disc brakes all-round and a five-speed ZF gearbox.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1963

    The TE21 is introduced with five speed transmission as standard, optional power steering and twin 'stacked' headlights.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1965

    Alvis merges with Rover.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1966

    The 150 bhp TF21 Series IV is announced and is the last Alvis model to be produced at Holyhead Road.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1967

    After 47 years and manufacturing almost 22,000 motor vehicles Alvis end car production at Holyhead Road.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1968

    The Alvis Company relocates the passenger operations to Kenilworth with the complete stock of parts, 22,000 Car Records and over 50,000 Works drawings, technical data sheets and correspondence files. Trading as Red Triangle they continued to support the existing customers with parts and service.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1980

    The company continues supporting Alvis owners with parts and service for post war cars.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1990

    As the interest in classic cars increases the company expands its range of work to include full restoration.

  • Alvis Timeline

    1997

    The company embarks on a major investment in manufacturing parts for all Alvis models from 1920 to 1967. A new paint re-finishing plant is installed.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2003

    The Company makes further investment into modern restoration equipment including new a chassis dynamometer.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2006

    A feasibility study is undertaken to resume car production. Emission standards for the new 4.3 Litre engine are successfully completed.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2008

    An engine test cell is installed with a new Superflow engine dynamometer.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2009

    The new 4.3 Litre chassis and ash frame development is completed.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2010

    A new car showroom is opened with workshop facilities for new car production.

  • Alvis Timeline

    2011

    The new 4.3 Litre ‘Continuation Series’ makes its debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed. The first order is taken.

Alvis were true automobile engineers. Everything from the concept to the finished rolling chassis was designed and engineered by Alvis, complemented by a range of eye-catching bodywork from leading coach builders of the time. The result - cars of outstanding reliability, impressive performance and stunning good looks. Alvis were hand built cars of exceptional quality, designed and manufactured by a British company.

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Alvis in the Media

"THE AUTOCAR," August 26th, 1938.

In the scheme of things there are cars, good cars, and super cars. When a machine can be put into the last of these three categories and yet is not by any means in the highest-priced class, considerable praise is due to the makers. The model in question is the latest 4.3 Litre Alvis sports tourer. Taking into account its obvious quality, its equipment, its performance, and the manner of that performance, it is certainly not expensive at just below £1,000.

The running at 60 to 70 m.p.h. or more, for that matter is akin to gliding, so quiet and smooth is the behaviour of the whole mechanism. In fact, about 70 m.p.h. is the natural speed out on the open road. It is the effortless motoring, with no sense of the car being forced, at high but not phenomenal speeds which most appeals. Also, it stands up exceptionally well to the hardest work.

One of the most satisfactory sides of the machine is the refinement which has lately been added to the already accepted performance capabilities of the Alvis. The engine is softer and much quieter, and the handling is notably lighter. There is no doubt, especially in the case of a big car, that quietness amounting to silence is a most attractive quality. This Alvis has practically no trace of exhaust; there is just a muffled suggestion of a powerful engine coming from the twin tail pipes.

The bare fact of the car reaching the speed it does, interesting and satisfying though it is, is negligible by comparison with the way in which it runs and handles as a whole. The driver feels that he is truly in control and that he has under him a thoroughly road-worthy machine, safe at any speed.

The brand new "Continuation" Series 4.3 Litre.

blue-printThis new car is an exact continuation of the original 1930’s model. The original blueprints have been scanned and converted into CAD friendly drawings to enable the parts to be crafted, including the engine, chassis and the ash frame.

The 2012 "Continuation" 4.3 Litre car has been fitted with various modern elements including brakes and injection systems, making sure that safety and legal issues have been met. However they have been subtly integrated within its period design.

With the "Continuation" 4.3 Litre you are not only buying a beautifully engineered and hand built car but also its history, tradition and emotion. The 4.3 Litre was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day, with a 0-60 mph time of circa 11 seconds and a top speed of over 100 mph. This was a genuine supercar of the 1930s.




Each car is individually built to order by the Alvis Car Company using the original Works drawings and build specifications from 1936. This includes the original 4.3 Litre six-cylinder engine capable of a hefty 250lb/ft. of torque as well as the chassis and ash frame. The demonstration model weighs in at 1750 kg, and has four speed all synchromesh gearbox with overdrive but as all cars will be built to order cars each can be constructed to the customer’s personal preference.

The car runs on standard unleaded fuel and environmental regulations require fuel injection over the original carburettors of the 1930s car



"An outing in the Alvis creates a true sense of occasion for driver and passenger alike, and a wholly original step back to a bygone era. It's torquey and surprisingly smooth, but ultimately a rewarding challenge to the enthusiast whose task will be to master its progress at speed."


The Alvis 4.3 "Continuation" Production

The Antecedents


  • The first Batch to be laid down circa October 1936 -
    Numbered 13156 to 13185 inclusive - TOTAL: 30
  • Second Batch to be laid down circa February 1937 -
    Numbered 13636 to 13655 inclusive TOTAL: 20
  • Third Batch to be laid down also February 1937 -
    Numbered 14296 to 14345 inclusive TOTAL: 50
  • Fourth Batch to be laid down circa November 1937 -
    Numbered 14799 to 14948 inclusive TOTAL N.B: 150

With the intervention of enemy action on Coventry on November l4th 1940 resulting in the destruction of the Alvis factory, the chassis numbered between 14872 and the intended 14948 were never completed, making chassis 14871 the last completed 4.3 Litre to leave the factory.

Summary

It is clear that a total of 240 4.3-Litre cars had been originally sanctioned of which 77 were never completed. The number of Pre- Continuation 4.3's made is thus 163 of which 12 were 4.3 Litre tourers.There are 99 of these cars known to survive today of which 11 are 4.3 Litre tourers.As a result the new 4.3 Litre “Continuation Series” will be limited to the production of these remaining 77 chassis, thereby fulfilling the original intention of the Alvis Board.

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Technical Specification

Alvis 4.3 Litre Continuation Series
Standard Specification, Equipment List & Optional Extras


The 4.3 Litre Alvis Short Chassis Tourer was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day,
and our new continuation series lives up to that heritage. The all-British design and manufacture
using our original works drawings, including the Alvis 4.3 Litre six cylinder engine, is faithful
to the 1936 original design. It retains all its period character and quality, whilst utilising
the advantages of todays technology.


Standard Specifications
  • Engine
  • Capacity
  • Maximum Speed (1939 specification)
  • 0-60 mph
  • Bore & Stroke
  • Fuel System
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
  • Brakes
  • Petrol tank
  • Crankcase Capacity
  • Gearbox Capacity
  • Chassis Frame
  • Coachwork
  • 6 cylinder in line
  • 4387cc
  • 110 mph (choice of upgrades available)
  • under 10 seconds
  • 92mm x 110mm
  • Alvis Fuel Injection
  • Single Plate
  • 4 Speed all synchromesh
  • Servo Operated
  • 17 gallons (77.2 litres)
  • 2 gallons (9.1 litres)
  • 3/4 gallon (3.5 litres)
  • Fully galvanized all steel
  • All-Aluminium over Ash Frame
    Standard Finishes & Equipment
  • Single solid colour
  • Black Hood with Hood Bag
  • Wheels black or silver
  • Standard leather in 12 colours
  • Standard carpet in 10 colours
  • Satin ebony dashboard
  • Seat belts
  • Head rests
  • Tool kit

  • Paint Options (Coachwork)
  • Single colour metallic
  • Two colours both solid
  • Two colours solid/metallic
  • Two colours both/metallic

  • Paint Options (Wheels)
  • Body colour (single solid colour)
  • Body colours (single solid metallic colour)

  • Hood Options
  • Coloured PVC in 8 colours
  • Double Duck Black or Tan
  • Mohair in 4 colours
    Optional Weather Equipment
  • PVC; Double Duck or Mohair
  • 1/2 Tonneau
  • Full Tonneau
  • Deluxe Tonneau
  • Side Screens (set)
  • Quarter light wind deflectors (2)

  • Interior Options
  • Wilton carpets
  • Wood veneer dash board
  • Over mats
  • Deluxe leather
  • Sun visors
  • Map reading light
  • Cigar lighter/sat-nav power point
  • Coloured seatbelts
  • Radio/CD IPod connection
  • Rear seat luggage conversion with cargo net
  • Detachable rear body luggage rack

  • Mechanical Options
  • Built-in battery conditioner
  • AGM / Twin battery upgrade
  • Overdrive
  • 5/6 speed gearbox
  • Automatic transmission
  • Power assisted steering
  • All aluminium 'high efficiency' radiator
  • Touring spares
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Alvis News

Alvis Car Company

News

15/04/2015

WE REQUIRE EXPERIENCED MECHANICAL & COACHBUILDING TECHNICIANS

We are expanding and we need skilled technicians. Our work is varied and interesting involving the manufacture of the new Alvis 4.3 Litre 'Continuation Series' cars. We do provide training but a knowledge of traditional cars is important. Our workshop facilities include state-of-the-art equipment such as a 'Rolling Road' and engine dynamometer.

Our workforce has an enthusiastic and committed attitude ensuring we maintain our reputation for craftsmanship of the highest quality. If you think you would like to join us in this interesting and rewarding work then please send us details of your experience to:

Email: a.stote@btinternet.com or write to: Alan Stote, The Alvis Car Company, Common Lane Industrial Estate, Common Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2EL

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The Order Process

We will require:


  • Deposit with order (10%)
  • Stage 1, Rolling Chassis & Engine (25%)
  • Stage 2, Coachwork (25%)
  • Stage 3, Paint, Trim & Bright work (20%)
  • Stage 4, Final Assembly & Road testing (10%)
  • Stage 5, , Prior to Delivery (10%)

All payments to be made in Sterling by Bank Transfer.

All payments to be received within 14 days of Proforma Invoice.

Each Invoice to be raised at the start of each stage.

All prices quoted will be subject to VAT at current rate unless proof of export to non EEC is obtained.

Price includes UK registration

Price includes delivery to any UK address, port or Shipping agent.

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Alvis Car Company

Careers with Alvis

The Alvis brand stands for quality, design and performance and this is matched through the commitment, passion about our products. We also understand that the most important factor that distinguishes a company from its competitors is its employees.

So we are looking for individuals who relish a challenge and who seize the opportunity to display their potential. You need to be able to show your skills that will benefit our business and provide evidence of how you have previously applied them.

You are welcome to apply for any vacancy you consider that you are qualified for.

After applying, your background and details will be reviewed. Should your skills, qualifications, experience and other requirements match the criteria for the position, you may be invited to attend an interview and/or assessment.

Vacancies

WE REQUIRE EXPERIENCED MECHANICAL & COACHBUILDING TECHNICIANS

We are expanding and we need skilled technicians. Our work is varied and interesting involving the manufacture of the new Alvis 4.3 Litre 'Continuation Series' cars. We do provide training but a knowledge of traditional cars is important. Our workshop facilities include state-of-the-art equipment such as a 'Rolling Road' and engine dynamometer.

Our workforce has an enthusiastic and committed attitude ensuring we maintain our reputation for craftsmanship of the highest quality. If you think you would like to join us in this interesting and rewarding work then please send us details of your experience to:

Email: a.stote@btinternet.com or write to: Alan Stote, The Alvis Car Company, Common Lane Industrial Estate, Common Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2EL

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