Alvis Speed 25 Tourer
Alvis, never a volume manufacturer, was one of the most innovative and successful British marques, distinguished by racing success, a well-earned reputation for reliability and steady management that, after a financial reorganization in the mid-twenties, turned yearly profits through the depths of the Great Depression. Early record-setting success at Brooklands was followed by the innovative development of front-wheel drive cars with de Dion front suspension, the first British automobile with fully independent suspension and the first fully-synchronized four-speed gearbox offered on a production British car.
Introduced in August 1936, the Speed 25’s engine was increased to 3.6 liters displacement from the Speed 20’s 2.8 liters. With predictable handling, a stylishly low chassis that brought the best possible work from Alvis’s favored coachbuilders and remarkable power that propelled even the heaviest bodies to nearly 100mph, the Speed 25 is regarded as Alvis’s most important and sporting machine. A measure of enthusiasts’ regard for the Speed 25 is that of 391 built some 207 are known to survive today, a remarkable 53% survival rate. Rightfully regarded as a worthy competitor for the 3-Liter and 4-Liter Bentleys of the day, the most sporting coachwork was the four seat tourer built by Cross & Ellis and of the 38 built, 34 are believed to exist. The Cross & Ellis coachwork is long but low and delicately proportioned, expressing the essence of British sports tourers of the thirties.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
The style, performance and reliability of Alvis automobiles set a very high 106hp 3,571 cc overhead valve six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live axle rear with leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124".
Source: RM Auctions