The Alvis car company, Introduction
This Alvis cars history and model guide looks at the history of Alvis vehicles and the available die-cast models. Notably, die-cast Models of Alvis cars have been produced since 1940.
The Alvis car company began life as TG John and Co. Ltd in 1919. They originally made stationary engines and motor scooters. However, they were soon approached by engine designer Geoffrey de Freville who had a design for an advanced four cylinder engine. Consequently, all that was needed now was a car for the engine to propel. The company ceased production in 1967.
The first Alvis car, the 10/30
The first car model was the 10/30. This vehicle rapidly gained a reputation for build quality and performance. As a result the Alvis Car and engineering company LTD was founded in 1921.
The 10/30 came out in 1920 and was produced until 1923. Notably, It had the De Freville designed four cylinder 1460CC side valve engine. Consequently, this engine had a bore of 68mm and a stroke of 100mm. There were also overhead valve variants. Next, various body styles were available and the chassis could be had for £450 fro the chassis or £470 with a factory body. Top speed was 60 mph and there was a four speed gearbox.
In the 1930’s Alvis produced cars that were advanced for the time. Consequently, they had large six cylinder engines, all synchromesh gears and servo assisted brakes.
Alvis car, chassis types and dates.
Below is a basic listing of Alvis chassis types. Additionally, there were many body and coachwork variations.
- 10/30 – 1920-23
- 12/50 – 1923-32
- 14/75 – 1927
- 12/75 – 1928
- Speed 20 – 1931-36
- Speed 25 1936-40
- Alvis 4.3 Litre – 1936-40
- TA21 -1950-53
- TC108G – 1956-58
- TD21 – 1958-63
- TE21- 1953-56
Alvis cars in model form
The Alvis cars history and model guide now looks at what is available in die-cast model form. Notably, Alvis cars have been issued by many different model manufacturers since 1940.
Dinky Alvis models
Interestingly, the first model issued was the Dinky 38d Alvis Sports tourer. This was issued in various colours between 1940-49.
More recently models have been released by Top Marques, Franklin Mint, Oxford Die-Cast, Gems & Cobwebs, Matrix models, Ixo and others.
Top Marques Alvis models
The earliest Top Marques Alvis model is the 1934 Speed 20 tourer. This hand built white metal model is made to 1:43 scale and is available for less than £100. Additionally there is a Mayfair bodied version of this model in white.
Moving on, next, comes the lovely 1954 TC21/100 this is available in various colours and versions.
The Alvis TD21 of 1961 is represented by a maroon convertible version.
Matrix Models Alvis models
The Matrix models Alvis 4.3 litre Vanden Plas Tourer ’38 is on sale at Classic Collect Models.
Matrix models 1:43 Alvis 4.3 litre Vanden Plas Tourer ’38, £84.99