1939 ALVIS 12/70 SPECIAL
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 219
Year : 1939
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : DGD520
Chassis No. : 15882
Engine No. : 14695
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. was a manufacturer based
in Coventry from 1919 through to 1967. In addition to motorcars
designed for the civilian market, the company also produced racing
cars, aircraft engines, armoured cars and other armoured vehicles.
After becoming a subsidiary of Rover in 1965, car manufacturing
ceased although armoured vehicle manufacturing continued. Alvis
then became part of British Leyland and, in 1982, was sold to
United Scientific Holdings which renamed itself to Alvis plc.
Geoffrey de Freville (1883-1965) designed the first Alvis engine
and is also responsible for the company name. The origin of the
name Alvis has been the subject of a great deal of speculation over
the years. Some have suggested that de Freville proposed the name
Alvis as a combination of the words 'aluminium' and 'vis' (meaning
'strength' in Latin). De Freville however vigorously rejected all
of these theories. In 1921, he specifically stated that the name
had no meaning whatsoever and was chosen simply because it could be
easily pronounced in any language.

The 12/70  Alvis offered here is a truly magnificent example,
the quality of which is rarely seen, let alone offered for sale. It
was manufactured in 1939, although registered on 15th May, 1940. A
previous owner decided to set about building the best competition
car possible, leaving no stone unturned. Put together with an
eye-catching polished aluminium body, this two-seater 12/70
features the six-cylinder Alvis 'Silver Crest' 2.7 litre engine and
the desirable close coupled Silver Crest synchromesh gearbox.
During the engine rebuild, a 'Billet crankshaft' was fitted
together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and unique
lightweight con-rods. The final engine set-up was assisted by a
Technical Director for a Formula One team. This standard of
workmanship is consistent throughout the whole vehicle, starting
with the strengthening of the original Alvis chassis, all the way
through to the suspension, brakes, steering and the electrics with
the new wiring loom having all the joints soldered. The result of
this substantial financial investment, together with over 3,000 man
hours of labour, is a vehicle that is not only capable of going to
the shops to pick up the groceries, but one that comes into its own
on the race track. A photographic record of the restoration
confirms the attention to detail resulting in a championship and
class winning car, securing the 'Ruth and Jim Hulbert Memorial
Trophy' for Alvis Racing Drivers in 2009 with a record number of
championship points and a record that still stands today. Perhaps
the highest accolade though comes from the Vintage and Sports Car
Club Prescott Meeting with the car being awarded the 'Silver
Con-Rod Trophy' for the best presented competition car in the 2010
season, beating some 250 well respected competitors.

DGD 520 has also been significantly campaigned in national
hillclimbs and international races since 2007 by the late Robin
Everall, a prolific VSCC driver member. Well known to the club and
also to the vintage racing community at large, the car has been
highly successful from day one and featured in many significant and
high profile events, including wins at Mallory Park, Silverstone
and Prescott.  It was also a member of the winning team at the
two hour sports car relay race at Donington in 2008 and Robin
Everall himself left instructions on both how to start and how best
to run the car in various different types of competition.

More recently fettled and maintained by our collector vendor, the
car has been used predominantly as a fabulous road car, the huge
amount of torque at low revs and synchromesh gearbox lends itself
to pleasurable driving off the track. The vendor recently undertook
a 300 mile round trip stating, she will cruise all day at 80mph
with such a tractable engine that driving really is a pleasure and
incredibly easy. A rare and exciting car built on a no-expense
spared basis with outstanding attention to detail. This is a rare
opportunity to purchase one of the finest road-going or, if you so
wish, competition Alvis's in existence today.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170