1937 Alvis Speed 25 Special


Enticing project with much work already done by Earley Engineering and Tim Walker Restorations 

Fast and handsome with tremendous performance and a low, purposeful stance, the Alvis Speed 25 is the epitome of pre-war sporting elegance. Beautifully made and bristling with technical innovations such as independent front suspension, all-synchro gearbox, one-shot chassis lubrication system, adjustable Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes, the car was capable of a smooth and refined 100mph and is widely regarded as the finest Alvis ever built.
A development of the 2.5-litre Speed 20, the 1936 Speed 25 SB had a 3.6-litre straight-six with triple SU carburettors, a balanced seven-bearing crankshaft, novel spring-cluster overhead valve gear and developed 108bhp. Despite weighing a hefty 36½ cwts, in Charlesworth saloon form it could charge to 50mph in just 10.4 seconds and cover the standing ¼ mile in only 20 seconds – remarkable performance for the time. An outstandingly sophisticated and handsome car, it was also very expensive (stealing sales from both the Bentley 4.25 litre and Lagonda LG45) and just 391 examples were made before production came to an end in 1940.
First registered in Southport in October 1937, DFY 66 started out in life as a Charlesworth SB Saloon, two buff logbooks and a V5C on file charting six owners between 1948 and 2014 when our vendor acquired it from an Essex gentleman who had owned it since 1976. By this point the car was in a dismantled state and the vendor was planning to restore it and convert it into an open tourer special.
Over the past five years much time and money has been lavished on the project as detailed in notes and invoices on file. The 10’ 7" wheelbase chassis frame was professionally repaired and painted by Alvis specialists Earley Engineering of Herefordshire at a cost of around £5,000 and in October 2015 the refurbished chassis and all the rolling chassis components were sent to Tim Walker Restorations of Aylesbury to be built up and restored as necessary, with invoices on file for a further £24,500.
The extent of the work carried out since is too detailed to list in full here but copies of all the invoices and worksheets are available for inspection at Brightwells, along with an inventory of all the parts present, which can be emailed to prospective bidders on request. Much work has been done by TWR and the components have been loose assembled to create a rolling chassis. The engine and gearbox are present (both unrestored) as are most major parts required to finish the rolling chassis, along with the panels and hinges that make up the bonnet (see photos on website).
The owner had plans to create a 1930’s open-top tourer in the style of an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider / Mille Miglia Roadster or Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet. Now reluctantly for sale due to a change in circumstances, this stalled project still needs much work to finish but represents a rare opportunity to create a fine Alvis Special with a body style of your own choice.

For more information - contact James Dennision 07970 309907

Reg No: DFY66
Chassis Number: 18524
Engine Number: 1383741
Engine Size: 3571
Docs: V5C; two buff logbooks; invoices

Estimate: £30,000+

Lot 26

Lot ended

Thursday 02/07/2020

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

Under Offer @ £18,200
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