Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 117
Year : 1934
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #11337
Engine No. : #11787
Estimate : US$ 180,000 - 220,000
US$ 174,720
Alvis Speed 20 SB Sports Tourer Sold


2,511cc OHV 6-Cylinder engine
3 SU Carburetors
86bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Well-documented history
*Elegant and powerful British classic era motorcar
*Offered with 1934 owner's manual, books and weather equipment
*One of just about 41 examples with attractive Sports Tourer bodywork
The new Alvis Speed Twenty is the type of car which looks right, feels right and is right. From the driver's point of view, the controls are all just where they are required and the power, speed and acceleration provided by the 'hotted-up' but, nevertheless, silky six-cylinder engine are literally an eye-opener to anyone accustomed to driving about in a more or less sedate manner in ordinary motor cars of medium size.' - Motor magazine in praise of the new Alvis Speed Twenty in March 1932.
introduced in 1932, the Coventry-based firm produced the Speed 20 in four series, with SB being the second. Significant enhancements to the model were affected in 1933 when the SB model was announced at the Olympia Motor Exhibition in October. Chassis rigidity was enhanced by the provision of a cruciform section in the center, this and other cross members being heavily drilled for lightness in the lengthened chassis. A completely new innovation was the arrival of independent front suspension, adopting a transverse front spring, while a new gearbox was introduced, and remote-control André Telecontrol shock absorbers enhanced the ride quality. Permanent jacks were a feature of the new model and both night driving and overall appearance were enhanced by the introduction of Lucas P100 headlamps. The SB was perhaps most notably important for the introduction of a fully synchronized transmission - the first time such a gearbox was used in a production car.
Dispatched on June 6th, 1934 to Mann Egerton & Co. Ltd. of Norfolk, this rare Alvis Speed 20 SB was delivered in an envious combination of green over a green interior with green wheels and a black weather kit. The original owner, Mr. Martin Hodson, retained ownership of the lithe tourer for 25 years before selling it on to Mr. G.B. Pearce, Esq. of Hampshire after a small accident. Once repaired, during which time he communicated directly with Alvis, Mr. Pearce sold the Alvis to Al Chambers of Powell, Ohio, who intended to use the SB in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) vintage races. Mr. Roy Tausch of Novelty, Ohio acquired the car from Mr. Chambers and continued to race the nimble British sports car at various events including at the 1977 Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. After Mr. Tausch's passing in 1982, 11337 was stashed away until 2006. John Graham of Red Triangle Cars spotted this rare Alvis while assessing another car on the property and, after inspecting the car and finding it quite complete, acquired the car and started the restoration process.
This Sports Tourer, thought to be one of only 41 examples fitted with this attractive Cross & Ellis body style, was transported to Errol and Rod Tempero in Oamaru, New Zealand for its restoration. The bodywork was repaired and restored as needed. Its original engine was rebuilt along with the other mechanical systems, with emphasis placed both on correctness and drivability. The body was painted in its original green, while the interior and wheels were changed to fawn leather and silver, respectively, eschewing the monochromatic original specification for contrast that accentuates the car's beauty and proportions. One of the finest examples of this rare Sports Tourer, this car offers looks, performance, build quality, and technology beyond most of its contemporaries.

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