1935 ALVIS SPEED 20
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 201
Year : 1935
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : BMB 784
Chassis No. : 12051
Engine No. : 12501-19-8
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. was a manufacturer that
originally existed in Coventry from 1919 through to 1967. In
addition to cars designed for the civilian market, the company also
produced racing cars, aircraft engines, armoured cars and other
military vehicles, the latter continuing long after civilian car
production ceased. In 1922, George Thomas Smith-Clarke left his job
as assistant works manager at Daimler and joined Alvis as chief
engineer and works manager. Smith-Clarke was accompanied by William
Dunn who left his job as a draughtsman, also at Daimler, to become
Chief Draughtsman at Alvis. This partnership lasted for nearly 28
years and was responsible for producing some of the most successful
cars in the company's history. Smith-Clarke left in 1950 and Dunn
assumed Smith-Clarke's position as Chief Engineer remaining in that
position until 1959. As with many upmarket engineering companies of
the time, Alvis did not produce their own coachwork, relying
instead on coachbuilders in the Midlands area such as Carbodies,
Charlesworth, Gurney Nutting, Hooper, Tickford and Vanden Plas.

After leaving the factory in 1935, this Alvis found her way to
East Africa where she was used as an everyday car and also on the
race circuits, particularly at Langa Langa in Kenya where she
had some success. However, after suffering from an overheating
problem, she was purchased by a local Rift
Valley farmer who was confident of rectifying the
problem. He lost interest and the car changed hands again to Mr.
Dickenson-Chetham for the sum of £15.  Described as a giant
mechanical jigsaw, she was eventually put back together and raced
again in Kenya where she had some success collecting six cups along
the way. When Mr. Dickenson-Chetham decided to return to the UK,
the Alvis came with him; he managed to trace the original
registration number and today she wears BMB 784 with pride. The car
is once again up for sale although she is looking well and drives
exceedingly well; the 2762cc straight-six engine sounds superb.
Clearly this has been a much loved and cherished example over the
years. Given the general market value of a Speed 20, the estimate
looks very attractive.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170