1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Sports Tourer / 11337 Chassis Information

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB photograph

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Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Cross & Ellis
Chassis #: 11337
Serial # 16394
Engine # 11787
Sold for $170,500 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
Sold for $165,000 at 2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Sold for $159,500 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
Sold for $174,720 at 2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
Alvis was a small but innovative company that introduced their second-generation Speed 20 model at the 1933 Olympia Motor Show, utilizing the company's SB series chassis. The Speed 20 SB introduced two important innovations including a front independent suspension and a fully synchromesh gearbox. The synchromesh feature was the first such gearbox ever fitted on a production automobile.

In total, just 375 SB chassis were produced in three series over the course of 1934. Most of these were given closed coachwork. Just 41 examples were given Cross & Ellis' open touring body.

Chassis Number 11337
This car was originally bodied as a four-seat tourer with a two-tone paint scheme of green wheels and fenders, with a black hood. It was powered by the later version of the SB engine, which featured higher performance SS4 carburetors.

On June 6th of 1934, the car was dispatched for Mann, Egerton & Company, an automotive and aviation concern in Norwich, England, which retailed new cars. From there, it was purchased new by Martin Hodson of Ridlington, Norfolk, who eventually sold the car to G.B. Pearce of Southampton. By 1961, the SB was imported to the United States by Al Chambers of Powell, Ohio.

During the 1960s, Mr. Chambers sold the car to Roy Tausch, a mechanical engineer for the Ford Motor Company who actively raced in the SCCA. Mr. Taush used the car in vintage events during the early 1970s on circuits such as Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, and Nelson Ledges.

After Mr. Taush's death in 1982, the car remained with his widow for many years. In 2006, Mrs. Taush finally parted ways with the car. It was acquired by the current owner.

The new owner commissioned a comprehensive five-year refurbishment by Tempero Coachworks in Oamaru, New Zealand. The matching numbers engine was completely rebuilt and fine-tuned to factory specifications. Every effort was made to properly and authentically restored the body and chassis.

The only change to the cars originally was done to the interior, which was done in a shade of fawn rather than the original green. Currently, the car shows just over 24,000 miles, which are believed to be original.

The engine is a 2511cc overhead valve unit fitted with Triple SU SS4 carburetors and offering 87 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Cross & Ellis
Chassis #: 11337
Serial # 16394
Engine # 11787
Sold for $170,500 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
Sold for $165,000 at 2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Sold for $159,500 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
Sold for $174,720 at 2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
Alvis was founded in Coventry, England in 1919. Ironically, the name Alvis had no particular significance; it was chosen by the founders of the company as it sounded good in any language. The cars established a reputation for both quality and performance with Alvis producing 6937 cars prior to WWII. During the Thirties the company concentrated on aero engines and military vehicles until well after the War. In the Fifties, it became a one model, one engine company. Production continued through July 1965 when the Alvis was taken over by Rover.

The Alvis Speed 20 is powered by a 90 horsepower, 2511cc six-cylinder engine. Coupled with its low-slung coachwork, it offered superior handling unmatched by its rivals. The SB is the second version of the Speed 20 updated with an all-synchromesh transmission and independent front suspension. It is one of 41 speed 20 SB fitted with Cross & Ellis coachwork. The numbers-matching example was restored in New Zealand in 2007.


2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$180,000-$220,000 
Sale Price :
$174,720

2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$159,500

2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$200,000 
Sale Price :
$165,000

2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$150,000-$225,000 
Sale Price :
$170,500

2018 1
2017 2
2016 2
2015 1
2013 2
2012 1
2009 1
2008 1
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$174,720$174,7201
2017$136,190$159,5002
2016$148,513$165,0002
2015$198,000$198,0001
2013$103,945$170,5002
2012$90,205$90,2051
2009$85,410$85,4101
2008$56,160$56,1601
2005$30,135$30,1351
2004$86,097$86,0971

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 11337
Sold for $174,720
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty 'SC' Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 11959
Sold for $112,879
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Sports Tourer by Cross & Ellis
Chassis#: 11337
Sold for $159,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty 'SB' Tourer
Chassis#: AXV 325
Sold for $132,026
  2016 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1934 ALVIS SPEED 20 SB SPORTS TOURER
Chassis#: 11337
Sold for $165,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Two-Door Saloon by Vanden Plas
Chassis#: 11845
Sold for $198,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  
1934 Alvis Firefly SB Tourer
Chassis#: 16030
Sold for $37,390
  2013 The Beaulieu Sale, Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Four-Seat Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 11337
Sold for $170,500
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB image  
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty Tourer
Chassis#: 11170
Sold for $90,205
  2012 Bonhams - The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1934 Alvis Speed Twenty SC Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 11896
Sold for $85,410
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1934 Alvis SB Firefly Tourer
Chassis#: 16030
Sold for $56,160
  2008 Bonhams - Vintage New England
 
1934 Alvis Speed 20 Airline Coupe
Chassis#: 11805
Sold for $30,135
  2005 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars & The Jaguar Legend
 
1934 Alvis Speed 20
Sold for $86,097
  2004 Coys - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Tourer118062019 Silverstone The Sale of British Marques   
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SC Drophead Coupe119592013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 201932 Sport Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cross & Ellis
Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 20 SB1934 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cross & Ellis
Chassis Num: 11337
Engine Num: 11787
Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 20 SB1934 Two-Door Saloon
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 11845
Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 201935 Sport Touring
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas

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