Alvis Speed 25 SC Drophead Coupe by Charlesworth / Hooper
Chassis 14596, Engine 15080, Car 19374
Registration EYU 7
The Speed 25 is acknowledged as possibly the finest of Alvis pre-war models, having the 3571cc engine which many consider to be smoother and less thirsty than the 4.3 litre which derived from it. This car was a 21st birthday present to the original lady owner, who on taking delivery toured Europe and won a Concours d’Elegance prize in Saltzburg. Her uncle was a director of Hoopers coachbuilders and the factory car record shows that the car was delivered to Hoopers incomplete with unfitted panels supplied by Charlesworth. Although the shape is therefore unmistakably Charlesworth the interior and many fittings are unique. The upholstery is in “pigskin” hide.
The current, and second, owner purchased the car in 1989 and commissioned marque specialist Fisher Restoration to carry out a bare chassis restoration completed in 1995. The car is finished in bronze over French grey with tan interior and fawn hood. All numbers match the Car Record, the only replacements being a gearbox (the original owner’s then boyfriend destroyed the original in 1942 on a racetrack in South Africa, where her family had mining interests) and the cylinder head which was replaced in 1989, the original being cracked. The current owner has letters from the original owner confirming the wartime use of the car in Northern France when she was part of the Women’s Mechanized Transport Corps. Her duties included having General Montgomery as a passenger. In 1945 the car, still wearing wartime camouflage, was used to support the owner’s husband’s campaign in the parliamentary elections, hence the photo of the car with the loudspeaker attached to the hood irons. Her son took the car to their Irish property for several years, following which the car was then repatriated to their Hertfordshire estate and idled in a barn.
The Car was exhibited by invitation in the “Cartier Style et Luxe” at the 1995 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A video of the drive up the hill records the voice of Richard Sutton commentating and describing the car as “possibly the finest Alvis in the World”! The car has been widely campaigned in Alvis Owner Club events and has won nine first prize pre-war masterclass concours awards.
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Alvis Speed 25 SC 2dr Pillarless Coupe
Chassis 14603, Engine15087, Car 19775
Registration FGJ 808
This car was built by Vanden Plas to exhibit on their stand at the 1938 Motor Show. It was finished in “jewellescence green” with “fawn crush grain” upholstery. It created great interest, was recorded in all contemporary reports, and was illustrated in the Autocar on 30th December 1938. After the motor show it was sent back to Alvis for checking and commissioning and then to Charles Follett, the London agents. The dashboard still carries the Follett emblem. The history of the car until the late 1950’s is unknown. However the four subsequent owners are recorded. The car was sold to an American in 1969 and an RAC inspection report from that date is available. Due to the then owner’s ill health only 609 miles were completed until the car was purchased by the current owner from Santa Fe New Mexico in 1991.
A bare chassis restoration was carried out by marque specialist Fisher Restoration between 1996 and 1998. The original paint colour was carefully matched and most of the original upholstery carefully re-stitched, and repaired. The car has all matching numbers although a 3.8 ratio back axle has recently been fitted for relaxed cruising (the original CWP has been kept). A full photographic record exists of the car’s transport from New Mexico and it’s subsequent restoration. The car has been fastidiously maintained since.
The car was invited to the 2001 Cartier Style et Luxe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it won the “Evolving Aerodyne” class and a Cartier silver salver. The car has been enjoyed by the present owner alternating between West London and the Isle of Wight. It has been awarded seven first prize pre-war masterclass concours trophies in Alvis Owner Club events.
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