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Lot 61 - 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SD Saloon

1935 Alvis Speed 20 SD Saloon

Sold for £23,062

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: CNB 277
Chassis No: 12780
Mot Expiry: Oct 2005

One of the initial batch of nine SD Speed 20s, this Alvis chassis was uniquely bodied by Lancefield in aluminium over an ash frame with steel wings and is strongly believed to have been exhibited by the London coachbuilders on their 1935 Motor Show stand. In March 1936, the right-hand drive four-door with Lancefield patented `extending' boot to increase enclosed luggage space was purchased through Henlys of Manchester by George Hoy Booth, whose showbusiness name was George Formby. A copy of the guarantee card in his name is included, marque specialists Red Triangle holding the original.
The original power unit has been replaced, the existing SC Speed 20 engine being of the same specification as that fitted to an SD Speed 20. By the early 1980s the car belonged to Loton Park hill climb proprietor Sir Michael Leighton, who spent much on coachwork and mechanical items. Following a short residency in Holland it passed into current ownership in 1992, since when a reconditioned all-synchromesh gearbox was fitted and the wire wheels serviced and stove-enamelled metallic grey.
Chassis is reportedly sound, bodywork good with only small cracks to sunroof corners and boot-lid aperture The sixteen years old black paintwork is also good, albeit with blemishes, the woodwork original and excellent, the leather also original though worn, and replacement headlining clean. The 112,564 mileage displayed is believed genuine.
We understand that it will cruise happily at 60mph (3000rpm with 30psi oil pressure indicated) and while higher speeds could be achieved easily, stability would be enhanced by improved damping. Deservedly, CNB 277 made the Alvis OC SD Speed 20 register front cover and was displayed at the Formby-themed International Alvis Day 2003.

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