|Type:||Speed 20 SB|
|Engine:||6 Cylinder , 3571c OHC , Speed 25|
|Documents:||NL Road registration|
This delightful Alvis SP20 was built in 1934 and clothed with rather ‘sporty’ bodywork by one of the finest coachbuilders of the era, Vanden Plas. According to a charming magazine article in Classic & Sports Car in 2012, the writer, James Page, found the car for sale with Red Triangle at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed and the article details the cars impact on him. His father, at the age of 18, bought ‘BGW 603’ in 1965 for £20, having to borrow fifty per cent, a tenner, from a friend to complete the purchase. It was his father who upgraded the car’s power with an engine from an SP25. The car was sold in 1985 to fund a new business and in 1989 the marque specialists at Red Triangle undertook a three-year restoration that eventually cost some £40,000 at 1993 prices (full details in the cars history file).
The restoration works were extensive and included new aluminium wings with wing guards for stone protection, and culminated with a full respray back to black. Mechanical attention included a few modern upgrades such as electronic ignition, a Kenlowe fan and a modern oil filter. The hood, tonneau, side screens and carpets were re-trimmed to original patterns. Once finished the car was extensively campaigned and graced the lawns of Europe’s premier car shows. Presenting today in exceptional condition, this Alvis has a fascinating history file and is ready for its next custodian.