The marketplace – Alvis adds to Continuation range
The return of Alvis has taken another step in its centenary year with the announcement of two new chassis and six bodies in its Continuation Series range.
Adhering as strictly as possible to the original drawings and methods from the historic Coventry marque, many parts will be used from the remnants stored by Alvis at Red Triangle’s Kenilworth service workshop when the manufacturer closed its car factory in 1968.
The range comprises two six-cylinder models, the pre-war 4.3 Litre and post-war 3 Litre, with the latter available bodied as Super Coupé, Cabriolet and Drop Head Coupé and built using original chassis and engine blocks. The 4.3, available with Bertelli Sports Coupé, Lancefield Concealed Hood and Vanden Plas Tourer bodies, continues the 150-car run of production that stopped at 73 when the factory was heavily bombed during WW2.
Development of the Continuation Series began in the 2000s, culminating in the reveal of the first new 4.3 Litre in 2011, with Vanden Plas body. Road legal, the cars are handbuilt in 4-5000 hours, with a host of available options including servo-assisted brakes, air-con, and Connolly leather luggage set.
Company owner Alan Stote says: “Our models are what Alvis would have created had it not halted production for over 50 years. We will continue that series with new chassis, built to the original drawings.
“We are mindful of our original core values that ensured Alvis cars never suffered the fate of so many other British brands, which fell foul of quality standards and gained a bad reputation. We offer a range of options to make the car suited for however you plan to use it. It can be a very practical and relaxing way to enjoy a classic driving experience, with added peace of mind thanks to a three-year warranty.”
Prices start from £250,000.
Clockwise from main: Graber Super Coupé; Vanden Plas; Graber Super Convertible; Lancefield.