Lot 134: Alvis Speed 25 4 Door Tourer
Introduced in August 1936, the Speed 25's engine was increased to 3.5 litre's, from the Speed 20's 2.8 litre's. With predictable handling, a stylishly low chassis that brought out the best possible work from Alvis's favoured 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-Litre and 4-Litre Bentleys of the day, the most sporting coachwork was the four seat tourer built by Cross & Ellis and of the 39 built, 34 are still believed to be extant. The Cross & Ellis coachwork is traditional British coachwork at its best, delicately proportioned, perfectly expressing the essence of British sports tourers of the thirties.
This very rare example of a Cross and Ellis bodied Speed 25 is thought to be one of just 5 examples built for the Glasgow Police Service with 4 seater, 4 door, Tourer coachwork. It is one of just 39 Tourers built by Cross and Ellis and retains its original registration number.
The car is offered as a bereavement sale but has been in the same ownership for 20 years. It is equipped with the 3.5 litre, 6 cylinder engine, has been the subject of a full restoration and is in very good condition., throughou but will require some recommissioning before use. The car is offered complete with two spare heads, one engine block, one radiator shroud, 1 gearbox, assorted head gaskets, new stainless steel exhaust silencer and a workshop manaul.
The pre- MoT inspection sheet shows that the car needs just one tyre and the brakes adjusting. A full test could not be carried out due to the car not starting off the switch. The car has been strarted, via a tow start and runs very well, all electrics appear to work, the brakes work and the engine appeared to be fluid tight. We believe that the starter motor needs attention and the twin, 6 volt batteries, may need replacing.
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