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The Ashdown Classic Wedding Car Collection

1937 Alvis Speed 25

Alvis Speed 25
Alvis Speed 25
Alvis Speed 25
Alvis Speed 25

Alvis made cars from 1920 to 1967 and from the outset they earned a good reputation for the high quality of their engineering. The cars were light, sporty in character and powerful, competing successfully at the Le Mans 24-hour race as well as elsewhere.

Nowadays Alvis is perhaps best known for its exceptional luxury cars of the 1930s. The Speed 25 model, widely regarded as the company’s best pre-war car, first appeared in 1936. It was a fast sports-saloon, capable of carrying four people rapidly and in comfort to a top speed of nearly 100 mph. Both in acceleration and top speed it out-performed its Bentley and Lagonda competitors. The long, sleek body (by the Coventry-based coachbuilder Charlesworth) clothed traditional innovative Alvis engineering: independent front suspension, synchromesh on all four gears (a world first for Alvis) and a smooth 3.6 litre 6-cylinder engine with triple carburettors. It is a delight to drive.

This saloon was completed in January 1937 for its first owner, the company secretary of a Liverpool shipping line, who kept it until his death 20 years later. It then passed to his boss Sir John Brocklebank, later Chairman of Cunard. Initially painted grey, it was repainted black in the 2nd World War – its owner served in the Home Guard – and was given its current blue and silver paintwork in the late 1970s. The present owner bought the car nearly ten years ago and has brought it up to a high standard of finish, including retrimmed leather upholstery and new carpets. He uses it regularly.

The car is featured in the 2019 Crowood publication “Alvis: The Complete Story”, by Matthew Vale and appears on the book’s cover.