N , this is not about the King of rock. And the whole thing has nothing to do with the chipmunks. This is about the British car manufacturer of the same name, founded in 1919, Alvis, which built quite advanced, high-quality and handsome models for its era. Alvis is considered a front-wheel drive pioneer and very early on brought cars with synchronized transmissions and independent suspension onto the market. After 22,000 cars were produced, it was over after the takeover by the British Leyland Group in 1968.
Help in corona-related leisure time
But not forever, like yourself since 2010 shows: Since then the Alvis Car Company has been building classic cars. In accordance with the original plans (around 50,000 survived) and with original parts that had been stored in boxes since the factory in Warwickshire was closed a good 50 years ago.
Currently, in spring 2020, the company is - except for the spare parts trade, which was opened as of Delivery service is processed - but closed. The reason is, of course, the coronavirus. But Alvis has found a creative way to support his customers anyway: The British grant free access to all original drawings and service instructions. And they offer technical support, where the experienced mechanics are available for help and advice by phone, video chat and image exchange. Alvis owners who are doomed by the effects of the virus can take advantage of their free time and work on their cars themselves.
In the anniversary year 2019, the Alvis Car Company expanded the Continuation Series with additional chassis and body variants. The pre- and post-war models 3-liter Park Ward Drop Head, 3-liter Graber Super Coupé, 3-liter Graber Super Cabriolet, 4 are painstakingly handcrafted - the British speak of 4,000 to 5,000 working hours per car - on two different chassis , 3-liter Vanden Plas Tourer, 4.3-liter Bertelli Coupé and 4.3-liter Lancefield Concealed Hood. Cars with a beautiful, sweeping coachbuilder body that look old, but are in fact new.
With modern fuel injection and engine electronics
However, this has nothing to do with restomods or the like. Alvis builds the cars almost exactly as they were produced back then. With original chassis, components and tools, which is why the chassis numbers from that time can be continued. 'In 1938 the plant had planned to build 150 chassis with 4.3-liter engines,' explains Alan Stote, owner of the Alvis Car Company. However, since the plant was badly damaged by bombing in 1940, only 73 chassis were completed. Alvis can now use the remaining chassis for his new edition. 'Our models are literally what Alvis would have created if it hadn't stopped production for 50 years,' says Stote.
The engines are also from original stocks. The blocks of the 2,993 and 4,387 cubic centimeters in-line six-cylinder were archived at the time and are now finally being used. For reasons of fuel efficiency and because of today's emissions regulations, however, with modern gasoline injection and engine electronics. The smaller engine is linked to a five-speed gearbox, the larger to a six-speed gearbox. The disc brakes of the three-liter cars are hidden behind 15-inch wheels, those of the 4.4-liter models behind 19-inch rims.
On request with air conditioning, audio system and brake booster
Alvis doesn't slavishly build the cars exactly as they were available back then. Customers can opt for modern options like automatic transmission and power steering for thatThree-liter models or air conditioning, audio systems and stoppers with brake booster decide. A matching luggage set made of Connolly leather, which is also used in the interior of the car, is also available at an additional cost. All vehicles are sold with a three-year guarantee and are approved for road use after an individual inspection.
Currently, the Alvis models seem to be particularly popular in Asia. The British have signed a contract with the Japanese dealer Meiji Sangyo, who was Alvis' agent for all of Asia back in the 1950s. That's exactly what he's doing again, and Meiji Sangyo has taken five vehicles from Alvis. Alvis only comments on the prices of the cars, which are usually limited to 25 copies, on the basis of a specific purchase interest.