‘Red Tri­an­gle’ joins Jaguar, As­ton and Land Rover re-cre­ations – what do clas­sic fans think?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Sam Skelton

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.

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