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About Alvis

Alvis cars were produced by the manufacturer Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd of Coventry, United Kingdom from 1919 to 1967. The company also produced aero-engines and military vehicles, the latter continuing long after car production ceased.

History

Beginnings

The original company, TG John and Co. Ltd., was founded in 1919. Its first products were stationary engines, carburettor bodies and motorscooters. The company's founder T.G. John was approached by Geoffrey de Freville with designs for a 4-cylinder engine whose design called for aluminium pistons and pressure lubrication, unusual for the period. Some have suggested that de Freville proposed the name Alvis as a compound of the words "aluminium" and "vis" (meaning "strong" in Latin) although de Freville himself vigorously denied this theory. Perhaps the name was derived from the Norse mythological weaponsmith, Alvíss, but the true origin is unknown.

The first car model, the 10/30, using de Freville's design was an instant success and set the reputation for quality and performance for which the company became famous. Following complaints from the Avro aviation company whose logo bore similarities to the original winged green triangle, the more familiar inverted red triangle incorporating the word 'Alvis' evolved. In 1921, the company changed its name and became the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. and moved production to Holyhead Road, Coventry where from 1922 to 1923 they also made the Buckingham car.

In 1923 Captain GT Smith-Clarke joined from Daimler as Chief Engineer and Works Manager and was soon joined by WM Dunn as Chief Draughtsman. This partnership lasted for 25 years and was responsible for producing some of the most successful products in the company's history.

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4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 3.6L OHV M-4
79.0 kW / 105.9 hp / 105.9 hp        
   

Alvis Speed 25 SC (1938)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3571 cm3 / 217.9 cu in / 217.9 cu in, 79.0 kW / 105.9 hp / 105.9 hp @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 156 km/h / 97 mph / 97 mph top speed

4-door
2+2-seat
S6 12v 2.5L OHV M-4
67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp        
   

Alvis Speed Twenty SA (1932)

4-door 2+2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2511 cm3 / 153.2 cu in / 153.2 cu in, 67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, 142 km/h / 88 mph / 88 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S6 12v 2.5L OHV    
64.9 kW / 87.0 hp / 87.0 hp        
   

Alvis Speed Twenty SB (1933)

2-door 2+2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2511 cm3 / 153.2 cu in / 153.2 cu in, 64.9 kW / 87.0 hp / 87.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, rear wheel drive, 143 km/h / 89 mph / 89 mph top speed

4-door
4-seat
S6 12v 2.8L OHV M-4
              
   

Alvis Speed Twenty Sports Tourer (1934)

4-door 4-seater touring car (tourer), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2762 cm3 / 168.5 cu in / 168.5 cu in, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 138 km/h / 86 mph / 86 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.8L OHV M-4
              
   

Alvis Speed Twenty Vanden Plas Saloon (1935)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2762 cm3 / 168.5 cu in / 168.5 cu in, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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