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1938 Alvis Speed 25 Tourer / 14579 Vehicle Information

1938 Alvis Speed 25 photograph

1938 Alvis Speed 25 photograph

1938 Alvis Speed 251938 Alvis Speed 25
Sold for $330,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $115,500 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey.
Background
Alvis manufacturer cars from 1920 until 1967 and never officially imported their products to the United States. When the company was first created, it was the T.G. John Company which manufactured stationary engines. The man credited with providing the necessary motivation for the first complete Alvis automobile came from Geoffrey de Freville, the principal of Aluminum Alloy Pistons. He provided a 1498cc side-valve four-cylinder engine and the Alvis name written in a red triangle.

The production version of the new Alvis 10/30 car featured a reduced 1460cc engine that provided 30-horsepower. The reduction in size was for taxation purposes. Founder T.G. John made the decision to continue with automobile production and by the end of 1921, a total of 150 Alvis cars had been produced with a modest profit to boast.

The Alvis cars were well engineered. The taxation laws crippled engine size but the Alvis marque found ways to maximize their products potential by using lightweight construction techniques such as the use of aluminum in mechanical and structural components. This helped the company achieve their goal of a 100 mph car.

The six-cylinder engine soon displaced the four as the prominent powerplant of choice. The displacement size would gradually increase over the years and by October of 1935, the company announced its new 3.5-liter model. It displaced 3571cc and had seven main bearings and overhead valves. It breathed through triple SU carburetors and produced just over 100 horsepower. There was a fully-synchronized four-speed transmission mounted in a ladder-frame chassis with solid axles and leaf-springs on all four corners. Mechanically operated drum brakes provided the stopping power.

The Speed 25
The Speed 25 Alvis was produced from Aubust of 1936 to a1940 with 391 examples constructed. 39 were given Tourer bodies. The Speed 25 were basically upgraded versions of the 3.5-liter Model and resting on a shortened 126-inch wheelbase. The spare wheel was moved from the rear to the left side and there were many minor aesthetic detail changes, including a revised air-cleaner system and Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers which replaced the earlier Andre units. The engine displacement was unchanged but several other modifications to the engine resulted in a boost in horsepower to 106 bhp at 3800 RPM. The heavier bodied sedans were able to achieve a top speed of just under 97 mph. The lighter bodied cars were surely able to achieve the 100 mph mark.

Chassis 14579
This is one of 39 Tourer Speed 25 Models constructed. Of those, only seven, including this car, were fitted with the upgraded SC series engine.

In the mid-1990s, this Speed 25 was treated to a restoration where it was finished in ivory coachwork with twin side mounts. There is a folding canvas top and aluminum covers for the side-mounted spares. Other features include Brooklands-style windscreens and are original to the car.

In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca where it was estimated to sell for $200,000 - $250,000 and offered without reserve. Bidding exceeded the estimates, settling at $330,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008


2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $115,500

2007 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $330,000

1938 Alvis Speed 25 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Alvis Speed 25 Tourer by Cross & Ellis
Chassis#: 14579
Sold for USD$115,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
1938 Alvis Speed 25 image  1938 Alvis Speed 25 image  
1938 Alvis Speed 25 SC Charlesworth Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14571
Sold for USD$65,250
  2020 H & H - Imperial War Museum Duxford
 
1938 Alvis Speed 25 SC Roadster
Chassis#: 14609
Sold for USD$54,880
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1938 Alvis Speed 25 SC Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 14591
Sold for USD$100,786
  2018 H&H - Pavilion Gardens Motor Car
 
1938 Alvis Speed 25
Sold for USD$330,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
1938 Alvis Speed 25 image  1938 Alvis Speed 25 image  
1938 Alvis Speed 25 Open Tourer
Chassis#: 14587
Sold for USD$92,681
  2006 Coys Auction - The Sports car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Alvis Speed 25's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 25
1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 25
1937 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Offord

Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 25
1938 Tourer
Chassis Num: 14579
Engine Num: 15063
Chassis information for the Alvis Speed 25
1939 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cross & Ellis
Chassis Num: 19575
Engine Num: 15078

1938 Alvis Speed 25

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