ALVIS SET TO LAUNCH CONTINUATION MODELS
‘Red Triangle’ joins Jaguar, Aston and Land Rover re-creations – what do classic fans think?
Order books will open for a series of Alvis continuation models at the London Classic Car Show on 23-26 February. The continuation range will include the TF21, 4.3 drophead with Lancefield coachwork, and replicas of the PowysLybbe Special Brooklands racer.
Alvis Car Company managing director Richard Joyce says that the aim is to reintroduce a bygone age of performance motoring: ‘ We were exhibiting at Techno Classica in Essen and saw a company producing vintage Bentley replicas on MkVI chassis. We felt that if they could sell, we could make something far more authentic. Cars will be registered on current registration marks, and we are happy to make any of the Park Ward/ Graber bodied cars, Vanden Plas short chassis tourers, Bertelli two-door fastbacks and Lancefield concealed dropheads. We’ve had a healthy interest from customers across the world – our demonstrator is currently in Dubai.’
A spokesperson from Alvis specialist, Red Triangle, says: ‘ We’re pleased with this news because it will have a positive effect on spares availability. Because everything is now being produced, it’s all available to serve existing cars too. Those people who will buy the continuation models will experience the same supercar driving experience that owners had when the cars were new. When you bear in mind that the 4.3 Tourer had a 0-60mph time of 11.3 seconds, there’s no denying that these were the supercars of their day.’
The new Alvises join a series of recent continuation classics from marques such as Jaguar and Aston Martin, alongside the restoration and upgrade work being offered for classic Bristols, Jaguars and Jensens by third party companies. Alvis prices are expected to begin from £190,000, though each car will be built and priced on an individual basis.
The company’s continuation line consists of classic Alvis shapes being rebuilt for the modern era, including the Bertelli two door fastback.