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1939 Alvis 4⅓ Litre

1939 Alvis 4⅓ Litre

1939 Alvis 4⅓ Litre

The 4.3 Litre Alvis was the fastest non-supercharged production car of its day. Board minutes reveal that 77 of the chassis that were officially sanctioned for production were never fulfilled because car production had to be suspended in 1940.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Coventry, England

Auction Sales History

1939 Alvis 4⅓ Litre

1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre ‘Long Bonnet’ Sports Saloon Chassis no. 14305

This stylish Alvis 4.3-Litre sports saloon was despatched from the factory to coachbuilders Mayfair of London on 8th February 1937. Mayfair only made two bodies for Alvis 4.3s and this is the sole survivor. Registered ‘DUL 111’, the completed Alvis was sold on the 22nd March 1937 to the Hon Peter Montefiore Samuel (4th Viscount Bearsted) who lived in London. Little else is known of its history prior to the 1960s when the car was bought by a Mr Peter Talbot, who then left to live in St Paul, Minnesota before returning to Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. During this period he participated a number of times in Alvis Club events.
Auction Source: The Paris Sale 2012 by Bonhams