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Alvis History

History

This is the history of the brand Alvis since the establishment of the company and up to the most modern of vehicles produced under this brand.

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Alvis

History of the English car brand Alvis began in 1919 and begins with the Welshman Thomas George John (engineer and high specialist naval architecture).



Since the beginning of its existence the company TG John Ltd. located in the Midlands city of Coventry, which at the time was the main center of the automotive industry.


The first products manufactured at the plant, were stationary and motor engines, as well as consumables.



At the beginning of 1920 - created the first car brand Alvis, which was based on the design of Geoffrey de Frevilla who previously worked with the brothers Bentley.
At the end of 1921 the company was renamed Alvis Car and Engineering Co. Ltd.



The following year, the company came T. Smith-Clark (chief engineer) and W. Dunn (chief designer) that kept the company at the forefront of technological progress. Thomas George John was a major shareholder and followed the finance and business affairs in the firm.



The history of the brand Alvis knew his financial ups and downs. Director of Alvis sought to produce as many cars on its own plants and to implement them in their own car showrooms. This introduces a brand cars Alvis its share of personality and character.



The management team Alvis company engaged in the research and discoveries that have never been afraid to invest in the experiments.
One of the major discoveries were front-wheel drive, independent front suspension, fully independent suspension and automatic transmission.
The company also developed not only motor companies, but also engaged in the production of aircraft engines and armored fighting vehicles.



In 1936, the name of the company was reduced to Alvis Ltd.


The company continued to work to improve their own engines. The most famous of these was the engine of the brand Leonides, made its first flight in early 1939



In 1940, the company producing cars was badly damaged during a raid by the Luftwaffe in Covert, a factory for the production of aircraft engines remained completely intact, although it was located close to the car factory.



In 1944, TD, John retired and management of the company passed to T. Smith-Clark, William A. Dunn and Verney.
The company has created a car brand TA 14 and improved model 12/70. They were placed on production, but always had problems with the supply of bodies. Because of this, Alvis had a decent level of car sales.



However, creating 9 - cylinder radial aircraft engine Leonides provided a good future of the company.
Later, it was established 14 - cylinder Leonides Major.



After the war, the company again started to manufacture armored vehicles. However, it soon became clear that the production of cars has become a minor part of the business Alvis again due to supply bodies.


The company's management was interested in the purchase of its own equipment. But the necessary amounts, which would provide a return on investment seemed overwhelming.



When creating a new brand Three Litre proposed to use the body of pressed steel, but the price was very high and, therefore, were chosen traditional body from companies Mullliners and Tickford.



In the period from 1952 to 1955 GG the company worked Alec Issigonis. He was engaged in the project technically innovative vehicles with alternative 4 - tsilindrovanym V8 engine and rubber suspension, which came up with Alex Moulton. But the price has created a machine to prevent the implementation of this original design. Unfortunately there is not a single photo of the car.



By 1955 Mulliners supplier reduced the production of bodies, and then a few years later and did stop making them.
Gradually, the company began to lose money in the car and the direction it was clear that the brand TC 21/100 are not in demand and look outdated. Therefore, further investment in car production did not look very promising.



Came to the aid of Hermann Graber of Switzerland.


In 1950, he designed a small number of expensive elegant body on the basis of the brand Three Liter, designed for Swiss customers. These cars had a decent modern look and were more - less durable.



The company hoped that the bodywork in the UK will be considerably cheaper than in Switzerland. In Switzerland sent two cars as a prototype for mass production. In Switzerland, several cars were produced. They liked it, but were very expensive.



The situation improved after their conversion to the reserve fleet Rolls-Royce with a request to modify the body to remake it under the market in the UK and reduce the price. It was a good business move, after which the cars were sold well.



At the end of 1965 the company Alvis was purchased by Rover (which in turn became part of British Leyland) and now their independence ended.


Until 1967 the car division existed in conjunction with the department of aviation engines, which will soon also passed their position.



At present, the range of the company consists of armored vehicles, including light tanks.


In 1981, the company became part of the Alvis United Scientific Holdings, a bit later became known as Alvis Holding.



1994. Alvis moved to a new plant in Uolsgreyve on the border with Coventry, and later in 1999 in Telford, where he continued production.

In 2004 the company became part of the BA Systems.

Latest classic Alvis cars offered in listings:

1930 Ford Model A Tudor (two-door) Sedan 1930 Ford Model A Tudor (two-door) Sedan 9 £15,500.00
1938 MG TA Police Car 1938 MG TA Police Car 6 £26,000.00
1981 Mini Clubman Estate 1981 Mini Clubman Estate 4 £8,000.00
1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé 9 £69,000.00
1958 MG A Roadster 1958 MG A Roadster 6 £19,000.00
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray 8 £31,000.00
1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo I Martini 6 #44 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo I Martini 6 #44 7 £54,000.00
1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sedanca de Ville by Park Ward 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sedanca de Ville by Park Ward 8 £25,500.00
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 5 £32,000.00
1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé 1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Fixedhead Coupé 8 £17,500.00
1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drop Head Coupé 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drop Head Coupé 7 £3,500.00
2004 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Roadster 2004 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Roadster 8 £8,000.00
1993 Mercedes-Benz 320 E LoTec Turbo 1993 Mercedes-Benz 320 E LoTec Turbo 9 £10,999.00
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220S Fintail 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220S Fintail 9 £17,500.00
1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante 9 £28,000.00
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Coupé 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Coupé 5 £13,500.00
2002 Alfa Romeo GTV Cup no.020 2002 Alfa Romeo GTV Cup no.020 9 £9,500.00
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster 9 £12,000.00
1971 Fiat 500 L 1971 Fiat 500 L 8 £5,000.00
1972 Triumph TR6 1972 Triumph TR6 9 £18,000.00
1937 Rover 14 Saloon P1 1937 Rover 14 Saloon P1 9 £4,000.00
1973 Triumph Stag 1973 Triumph Stag 9 £13,500.00
1967 Rolls-Royce Two-Door by Mulliner Park Ward 1967 Rolls-Royce Two-Door by Mulliner Park Ward 7 £45,000.00
1970 Rover P5B Coupé 1970 Rover P5B Coupé 7 £12,000.00
2001 Land Rover Defender 110 Tomb Raider Pre-production Model 2001 Land Rover Defender 110 Tomb Raider Pre-production Model 8 £20,000.00
1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750B 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750B 9 £30,000.00
1972 Fiat 500F Berlina 1972 Fiat 500F Berlina 9 £6,000.00
1960 Fiat 600 D 1960 Fiat 600 D 9 £6,999.00
1990 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3i 1990 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3i 9 £10,000.00
1998 Jaguar XKR Paramount Performance Donnington 1998 Jaguar XKR Paramount Performance Donnington 9 £7,500.00
1966 MG B GT 1966 MG B GT 6 £9,000.00
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda 8 £39,000.00
1994 Brooke 190ME #001 1994 Brooke 190ME #001 9 £20,000.00
1963 Bentley S3 1963 Bentley S3 8 £23,000.00
1968 Ford Escort Mk. I 1300 Two-door Saloon 1968 Ford Escort Mk. I 1300 Two-door Saloon 6 £13,000.00
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Roadster 9 £33,000.00
1972 Datsun 240Z 1972 Datsun 240Z 6 £24,000.00
1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 S 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 S 8 £26,000.00
1993 Range Rover LSE 1993 Range Rover LSE 9 £16,000.00
1992 Mercedes-Benz 260E 1992 Mercedes-Benz 260E 6 £3,500.00
1995 Volvo 850 T-5R 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R 9 £7,000.00
1965 Velocette Venom to 350cc Viper Specification 1965 Velocette Venom to 350cc Viper Specification 6 £6,500.00
2005 Fiat Barchetta 16v 2005 Fiat Barchetta 16v 5 £7,500.00
1969 Land Rover Series IIA 88" 1969 Land Rover Series IIA 88" 9 £4,000.00
1965 Mercedes-Benz Hearse 1965 Mercedes-Benz Hearse 9 £14,500.00
1978 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 Convertible by Karmann 1978 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 Convertible by Karmann 8 £9,000.00
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton Coupé 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Ponton Coupé 6 £35,000.00
1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk. II 6 £22,000.00
1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Fixedhead Coupé 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Fixedhead Coupé 6 £28,000.00
1971 Citroën Maserati SM 1971 Citroën Maserati SM 9 £21,000.00
1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II 9 £9,500.00
1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door by Mulliner Park Ward 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door by Mulliner Park Ward 6 £20,000.00
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker 8 £50,000.00
1991 Lamborghini Diablo 1991 Lamborghini Diablo 8 £105,000.00
1987 Ferrari Testarossa 1987 Ferrari Testarossa 9 £80,000.00
1992 Ford Ford GT40 Mk. III by KVA 1992 Ford Ford GT40 Mk. III by KVA 9 £16,000.00
1969 Porsche 911T Targa 1969 Porsche 911T Targa 9 £55,000.00
1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Cabriolet 1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Cabriolet 9 £60,000.00
1998 Ferrari 456M GTA 1998 Ferrari 456M GTA 9 £37,500.00
1969 Ford GT40 Mk. I Recreation 1969 Ford GT40 Mk. I Recreation 9 £62,000.00
1971 Ford Mustang Convertible 1971 Ford Mustang Convertible 6 £30,000.00
1982 Ferrari 400i 1982 Ferrari 400i 9 £26,000.00
2004 Bentley Continental GT 2004 Bentley Continental GT 6 £28,000.00
2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG 9 £6,000.00
1998 Lotus Elise S1 1998 Lotus Elise S1 8 £12,000.00
2000 Maserati 3200GT 2000 Maserati 3200GT 9 £18,000.00
1968 Volkswagen Beetle 1968 Volkswagen Beetle 8 £9,000.00
1960 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupé 1960 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupé 9 £100,000.00
1984 Panther Kallista 1984 Panther Kallista 9 £8,000.00
1997 Mercedes-Benz E50 AMG 1997 Mercedes-Benz E50 AMG 9 £6,000.00
1975 Porsche 911S 1975 Porsche 911S 9 £26,000.00
1998 Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG 1998 Mercedes-Benz C 43 AMG 9 £10,000.00
2003 Bentley Arnage T 2003 Bentley Arnage T 9 £30,000.00
1985 Mercedes-Benz 230 CE Pillarless Coupé 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230 CE Pillarless Coupé 7 £6,000.00
1969 Jensen FF 1969 Jensen FF 9 £82,000.00
1976 MG B Roadster
 1976 MG B Roadster
 9 £6,500.00
1953 MG TDC (Competition) Mk. II 1953 MG TDC (Competition) Mk. II 9 £18,500.00
1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster 9 £50,000.00
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Roadster 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Roadster 9 £29,000.00
1973 Jeep Wrangler CJ5 1973 Jeep Wrangler CJ5 8 £8,000.00
2002 Renault Aventime Dynamique 2002 Renault Aventime Dynamique 6 £3,500.00
1949 Vincent Rapide Series B 1949 Vincent Rapide Series B 9 £39,000.00
1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8 9 £37,500.00
1982 Porsche 911/930 Turbo Coupé 1982 Porsche 911/930 Turbo Coupé 9 £44,000.00
1997 Daimler V8 1997 Daimler V8 8 £4,000.00
2000 Alfa Romeo GTV (V6) 2000 Alfa Romeo GTV (V6) 5 £4,000.00
1948 Jowett Javelin 1948 Jowett Javelin 7 £9,500.00
1990 Buick Riviera 1990 Buick Riviera 6 £3,500.00
1971 Rover P6 1971 Rover P6 8 £5,000.00
1938 Morris Commercial ‘G2SW’ Super Six London Taxi 1938 Morris Commercial ‘G2SW’ Super Six London Taxi 7 £23,000.00
1934 Morris Minor Two-Seater Tourer 1934 Morris Minor Two-Seater Tourer 8 £8,000.00
1991 Porsche 944 Turbo 1991 Porsche 944 Turbo 9 £15,000.00
1966 Triumph TR4A IRS 1966 Triumph TR4A IRS 7 £32,000.00
1990 Alfa Romeo S4 Spider 1990 Alfa Romeo S4 Spider 8 £10,500.00
1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GT1300 Junior 'Scalino' 1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GT1300 Junior 'Scalino' 9 £23,000.00
1976 Jaguar D-Type Replica 1976 Jaguar D-Type Replica 9 £36,000.00
1967 Fiat Nuova 500 F Berlina 1967 Fiat Nuova 500 F Berlina 8 £6,500.00
1988 Ferrari 328GTS 1988 Ferrari 328GTS 9 £61,500.00
1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (3.2 Litre) 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (3.2 Litre) 9 £28,000.00
1984 Alfa Romeo 2000 Series III Spider 1984 Alfa Romeo 2000 Series III Spider 6 £9,000.00