ENGINE 2993cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 100bhp@4000rpm TORQUE 163lb ft@2000rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 100mph 0-60MPH 16.5sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 15-22mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed manual MoT Exempt ODOMETER 72,022 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
The 3.0-litre engine gives out an endearing, throbbing note as it delivers brisk but refined acceleration and keeps pace with modern traffic. The leaf spring suspension provides a soft and comfortable ride and the four-speed manual gearbox feels strong; changes through the ‘box are easy. The brakes halt the Alvis with no judder or pulling. All electrics, including the aftermarket indicators, function properly.
The bodywork is in generally excellent condition, with new metal welded into the lower panel sections last year. The dark green paint has worn well with only a few blemishes evident upon closer inspection. There is a small scratch beneath the offside headlamp, a chip below the windscreen, another in one of the bonnet air scoops and light scratching on one of the rear wings. There is also a diagonal crack in the offside front indicator and mismatched glass in the two spotlamps. However, the doors, sills and wheel arches are rust-free, the underside is solid and the chrome – wire wheels included – positively gleams.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
Access to the cabin is via two large ‘suicide’ doors. The wooden dashboard, inlaid with a selection of white on black Lucas gauges, is largely free from cracks and fade and the speedometer, ammeter, fuel gauge, water temperature and oil pressure gauges work faultlessly. The modern radio/ cassette player sitting in a hole cut into the dash to the right of the steering wheel does rather spoil the period ambience but the plump toffee-coloured seats piped in green match the doorcards perfectly and the carpets are in used-but-good condition throughout. The hood fits snugly onto the body and only has a few faint marks, above the front seats and around the rear view window. The boot is clean and comes with a selection of spares.
UNDER THE BONNET
Opening the side-latched bonnet reveals a slightly dusty but respectable engine bay with no evidence of leaks or perished wiring. The 2993cc engine was refurbished in 1999 and remains in good health, starting with ease and idling well. The car comes with the original owner’s manual and works design sheets and full details of all servicing carried out by marque specialist Red Triangle and members of the Alvis Owners’ Club.
THE CCW VIEW
With a two-stage choke, starter button and rounded accelerator pedal finished with a flash of silver, just starting this Alvis feels like an old-fashioned but special treat. Minor paint and hood blemishes belie the car’s six decades on the road and merely add to its gentle patina. This is an extremely special car.