Review: Alvis 3-Litre (2019)
IVA approved, street legal, fuel injected continuation of 1967 Alvis TF21, hand built and offered with Park Ward styled DHC body or elegant Graber coupe or DHC.
Hand built, so very expensive.
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Alvis 3-Litre (2019): At A Glance
The Alvis 3.0 Litre of 1999 is a continuation of the line of Alvis 3.0 litre models last built in 1968 when the original Alvis factory closed.
In 1968, the The Alvis Car Company was relocated to Kenilworth, Warwickshire after 22,000 vehicles had been built; 50,000 works drawings, technical data sheets and correspondence files are stored there together with the original factory’s stock of chassis, engine blocks and thousands of other components carefully stored in their original crates ever since. Through wholly-owned Red Triangle, Alvis continues to manufacture parts, service and restore Alvis cars for existing customers worldwide.
Now, The Alvis Car Company extended its range of road-legal pre-and post-War continuation cars, using key components such as chassis that have been stored for over fifty years.
Remaining firmly faithful to Alvis’ original spirit and design focus a century after it was founded, the Continuation Series has includes two chassis and six body options with post-war derivatives assembled using original chassis and engine blocks unused since production stopped in 1968.
Powered by a 2,993cc Alvis-designed in-line six-cylinder engine developed from the original Works designs with fuel injection and modern engine management electronics to meets legislation in a number of markets including Japan, where five of the new cars have now been ordered.
Alvis worked closely with VOSA to ensure its range is fully IVA-approved and road-legal. Each model is carefully hand-built at its Kenilworth Works, the home of Red Triangle, Alvis’ service and restoration centre, that was created when the original Coventry factory closed in 1968. At the time, the factory’s stock of chassis, engine blocks and thousands of other components were brought to Red Triangle and have been carefully stored in their original crates ever since.
Each derivative takes between 4-5,000 hours to build and features period bodywork styles created by prestigious coachbuilders of the times: 3-litre Park Ward Drop Head, 3-litre Graber Super Coupe, 3-litre Graber Super Cabriolet.
The Alvis series are true continuation cars rather than a re-interpretation of something long gone. Alongside using original parts on the 3-litre cars, the chassis numbers follow on from the numbers allocated to the production run.
Coinciding with the launch of its extended range, Alvis has signed an international partnership with large Japanese automotive name, Meiji Sangyo, appointing the Tokyo-based business as its exclusive dealer, covering the whole of Asia. In another link to Alvis’ history, Tokyo-based Meiji Sangyo was its main agent in the Far East in the 1950s. “It underlines the enduring appeal of our cars that Meiji Sangyo wanted to be our distributor in the Far East. Knowing how quality is appreciated in Japan, our agreement with Meiji Sangyo is a huge recognition of our values.”